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here is no shortage of theology books, and I've 
read a fair share, some of my own will and more 
because I was involved in some business related to 
education and then to life at Boston College that required 
the reading; and while a good number of those treatises 
have influenced me, none, I believe, did more to shape me 
as a dogged bar stool theologian than Picture Stories From 
the Bible: The Old Testament in Full Color Comic Strip Form, 
a large format soft-cover volume that fell into my hands — 
I don't remember how — when I was a boy, and in which I 
believe I read every day of my very young life until such as 
Old Yeller and The Wind In the Willows replaced the works of 
the Ineffable as my favorite reading matter. 

The chapters comprising Picture Stories were first pub- 
lished as separately bound comics in the early 1940s, a 
time when comic books were viewed in some quarters 
as videogames are today — a sign that our young people 
were descending into depraved idiocy. Picture Stories' pub- 
lisher and editor — who would subsequently release a New 
Testament volume as well as cartoon collections illustrating 
important moments in science and American history — was 
listed as "M.C. Gaines," which was one of several nom de 
plumes used by the prolific Maxwell Ginsburg, who is gen- 
erally and fairly referred to as "the man who invented the 
comic book." 

Beginning in the early 1930s, when it first struck 
Ginsburg that bound comics could feature original mate- 
rial and not just reprints from the Sunday funnies, he had, 
from the helm of All- American Publications (a precursor of 
DC Comics), graced the world with a succession of mythic 
figures that included Wonder Woman, the Flash, and the 
Green Lantern. 

No artist or writer but a businessman, Ginsburg, in tak- 
ing on the Bible, was careful to align himself with a board of 
clerical advisors, and Picture Stories bore a large yellow flag 
on the cover, declaring: "ENDORSED BY CLERGY OF 
ALL FAITHS." This claim was something of a stretch even 
by contemporaneous standards, as the "Advisory Council" 
included eight Protestants, two Jews, and no Catholics. The 
bound collection was further insulated from charges of 
sacrilege by Ginsburg's founding of a new publishing com- 
pany, decorously called Educational Comics. 

As for Picture Stories, it strained to be well-mannered, 
which is something the Bible is not, but which the advisory 
board of ministers and rabbis probably was. 

The biblical air, for example, is clear of the tang and 
smoke of animal sacrifice that suffuses many pages of 
the original; and also missing is sex, of course. There are 
no Lot and his daughters, no Onan, no rape of Tamar, no 
Bathsheba bathing on the roof in range of a God-struck but 
imperfect king. 

The illustrations and writing, moreover, make no pre- 
tense to the provocations of art, nor even make much effort 
to capture the narrative flair of the original. "What's wrong 
with worshipping Baal?" gripes a red bearded Israelite to 
authorities in the "Book of Joshua," as though he'd just been 
issued a ticket for improper sorting of his recyclables; while 
the fixed-wing angel who chases Daniel in his visions looks 
like he just broke free from a Victorian headstone. ("I don't 
give a damn how long it took Moses [to cross the desert]," 
Ginsburg is reported to have told his staff, "I want it in two 

But the Bible is the Bible, a very difficult thing to subju- 
gate, and if the book's creators aimed to work around some 
incitements, they could not avoid running into a bunch of 
others: Abraham, alone on the plains of Sodom, bargaining 
with an invisible God for the lives of sinners; David, beneath 
a sky of black and blood ink, a hand covering his eyes, wish- 
ing aloud that he'd died in place of his rebellious son; the 
innocent face of the never-named boy who bought his own 
death when he kindly helped the blinded Samson reach out 
to the pillars. 

"Why not concede that I have not progressed, in my 
religion, past the Book of Job?" Czeslaw Milosz wrote in 
A Theological Treatise. And why should I not concede that 
I have similarly not progressed in my theology past Picture 
Stories From the Bible: The Old Testament in Full Color Comic 
Strip Form, which left me permanently unable to take the 
God in dogma, doctrine, heresiology, eschatology, and 
all the rest as consequentially as I take the God in story. 
Like the story of Max Ginsburg's death when his boat was 
rammed by another motorboat on a resort lake in the sum- 
mer of 1947. Ginsburg chose to use the seconds before the 
collision not to jump overboard but to throw a child, the son 
of a friend, from the front into the back of the boat. The boy 
lived. As we bar stool theologians say, that's some serious 

Our story on the theology practiced and studied in Bos- 
ton College's newest school begins on page 24. 



VOL. 69 NO. 4 FALL 2OO9 

From "Ten Sleep, Wyoming," pg. 20 



Harry Marko polos, MS'97, began warning 
federal officials about Bernard Madoff in 
2000. What went wrong? 
By Dave Denison 


A model life 

By Matthew Morris '09 


Boston College's newest professional school, 
Theology and Ministry, began life with 130 
years of experience 
By Thomas C. Cooper 


Are we helpless against addiction — is it truly 
a sickness? Searching for the roots of chem- 
ical dependence 
By Gene M. Heyman 

on the cover: Near the entrance to the administrative 
offices at the School of Theology and Ministry 

°2 Letters 

4 Linden 

Campus digest • Meet 
the critics • The University 
adopts a 10-year-old 
journal • Welcome Week 
has changed • Treasure 
hunt • Reflections on 
talent and the lack thereof 

38 G21 


In Harlem, the singular 
methods of a Catholic 
high school principal 
• For the poet, words 
are an act of faith 

44 End 


After the revolution, 
Trotsky's fight to 
save Russian literature 
• The McKinleys visit 
Buffalo • Tikkun • 
Recent faculty writings 

50 Glass 


80 Inquiring 

The demise of a 
colonial experiment 

81 Works 
& Days 

Memory collector 
Alexis Rizzuto '92 





from @bc: First Flight — a Boston College Minute 
(pg- 9) 

from front row: White-collar crime investigator 
Harry Markopolos, MS'97, at the Center for Asset 
Management conference (pg. 12) 

Author Patrick J. McCloskey, at the Center for 
Catholic Education (pg. 38) 

Poet Paul Mariani, from the "Art of Believing" 
series (pg. 42) 

reader's list: Books by alumni, faculty, and staff 

headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas C. Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Ake 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 

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I was somewhat dismayed to read in the 
Summer 2009 "Digest," by Ben Birnbaum, 
that the Class of 2013 is the first freshman 
class in Boston College history to include 
"no students who intend to commute to 
campus from home." Knowing the his- 
tory and legacy of the founding of Boston 
College — the downtown BC, the move 
to the Heights, and the expansion into a 
University that is a nationally recognized 
leader in Jesuit education, I worry about 
what this means for struggling poor and 
middle-class students. 

I was a five-year commuter myself. My 
family worked very hard to enable me 
to attend Boston College. I worked after 
classes, in the evenings, and in the sum- 
mers to make up my share of the tuition. 
Of course, in my day there were no dorms 
on campus for women, and you could 
not live on campus in any case if you 
lived within 50 miles of Chestnut Hill. 
Nonetheless, being a resident student was 
well beyond my financial means. 

I'm proud of my alma mater. My school 
system sends some of the finest students 
in Vermont to the Heights every year. It 
remains my fervent hope that all in need 
will receive the necessary financial aid so 
that such students may continue to aspire 
to attend and excel at Boston College. 

Mary E. Moron 70, MA 11 

Rutland, Vermont 

The writer is Rutland's superintendent of 

Ben Birnbaum responds: I appreciate Mary 
Moran's concern. The reality — and the 
symbolism — of the commuting student was 
indeed long tied to the University 's mission to 
educate the sons (and belatedly, daughters) 
oj Boston 's working class. Today, of course, 
Boston College draws applicants from around 
the nation as well as from Boston, and is 
among only a score or so of American univer- 
sities that makes admission decisions without 
regard to economic standing, while at the 
same time guaranteeing sufficient financial aid 

to match the "full demonstrated need" — as the 
federal regulations put it — of each individual 
who matriculates. 

William C. Leonard's article "Keeping 
the Faithful" (Summer 2009) addresses 
Latinos as immigrants and especially 
as Catholics. Many Latinos at Boston 
College are hoping that our story will be 
told beyond that. 

There is a story to be told about how 
Latinos are increasingly part of Boston 
College. It includes the student group 
OLAA, the faculty and staff group L@BC, 
and the development, around 1995, of 
Latin American studies as a program and 
a minor. 

Boston College is in a position to gain 
from the recent demographic shifts and 
projections that show Latinos growing 
significantly as a population group. 

Roberto Avant-Mier 

Boston College 

The writer is an assistant professor in the 
department of communication. 


Thank you for highlighting last June's 
conference on "Wealth and Giving in the 
Current Economic Crisis" ("Charitable 
Outlook," by Dave Denison, Summer 

The conference was a great learning 
experience. It brought together many 
constituents from the field — donors, ben- 
eficiaries, researchers, fundraisers — and 
it was possible to get a broad range of 
thoughts and opinions. The session that I 
enjoyed most was "The Moral Biography 
of Wealth," led by Paul Schervish, direc- 
tor of Boston College's Center on Wealth 
and Philanthropy, in which Professor 
Schervish talked about the inner and deep- 
er motivation for giving. 

I eagerly await further forums and con- 

John Fodor 

Southborough, Massachusetts 



We write in response to your excellent 
article on the Lectura Dantis ("Pleasure 
Trip," bv Clare Dunsford, Spring 2009). 
We have been in attendance since the 
beginning and will be there at the end, 
and feel incredibly lucky to be part of this 

We drank champagne at the conclusion 
of Purgatory (I am the woman who shout- 
ed out "Elvis Presley"), and only wish 
Ms. Dunford could haye been with us for 
every canto. Professor Laurie Shepherd 
has done a stupendous job in keeping the 
ongoing journey vital. She has attracted 
one top scholar after another, each dif- 
ferent, some beyond compare, who share 
fascinating, enriching presentations, mak- 
ing us even more excited about the Divine 
Comedy, Dante, and the historical context 
in which Dante lived. 

Hearing each canto read aloud in 
Italian is truly transformative, every time. 
The room should be packed. We're in 
Paradiso after all, and will be for some 
vears to come. 

Cynthia Clark and Willard McGraw 

Newton, Massachusetts 

I often wonder what Dante would think, 
peering down from Paradise, of our 
monthly convocations in Lectura Dantis. 
This prim and proper "Philosophical 
Poet" — would he be scandalized by our 
insouciance, by the offhand modern way 
we dispatch with matters of eternal sig- 
nificance? Would he be disoriented by our 
far-fetched explications of his formidable 
text? Would he be bored by our spas- 
modic efforts to overcome the trammels 
of materialism? 

No, I think rather he'd be pleased — not 
only that his imperishable poetry has 
endured, but that each of us in Lectura 
Dantis, in our different ways and accord- 
ing to our very diverse backgrounds and 
abilities, is engaged with his words and 
with his art. We relish the vivid reality 
of his characters. We are startled by his 
pungent yet lofty language. We struggle 
with the teasing transcendence of his 
vision. When we read Dante — individu- 
ally, for our sole delight, and collectively, 
in Lectura Dantis — centuries are dissolved 
and time is abolished; we are at one with 
this most passionate of pilgrims. 

Boston College, Laurie Shepherd, and 
Emilio Mazzola have crafted a rare and 
splendid thing in the Lectura Dantis. They 
have helped Dante's words live anew. 
From the occasional random attendee to 
the world-renowned Dante scholar, we 
the participants are in their debt. 

Benet Kohnan 

Newton, Massachusetts 


I want to commend Boston College Mag- 
azine for the Summer 2009 issue. The 
gradual evolution of BCM from an alumni 
class newsletter to a publication that 
includes insightful, thoughtful articles by 
both alumni and noted non-alumni has, 
in my opinion, raised its level of intel- 
lectual discussion to new heights (no pun 

I remember reading my father's Boston 
College alumni magazine as a youth — he 
belonged to the Class of 1 920. In one 
issue, Jones I.f. Corrigan, SJ, who taught 
ethics, wrote of the 1 20 members of my 
father's class that they were "40 scholars; 
40 who came in from the cold; and the 40 
thieves." The magazine increased my inter- 
est in attending the University. 

In the latest issue, the personal alumni 
"War Stories" (interviews by Seth Meehan) 
depicted the horror and cruelty such 
conflicts inevitably engender. "Picturing 

America," by Jane Whitehead, revealed 
the linkage between the need for visual 
description in pre-camera eras and the 
immediate impact of modern photography 
in communicating major events. Finally, 
the perceptive essay by J. Donald Monan, 
SJ, "Value Proposition," reaffirmed liberal 
arts education in a world too often dismis- 
sive of such enduring foundations. 

Ad nudtos annos! 

William C. Bond '52 

Bonita Springs, Florida 

Editor's note: Since the publication of "Face 
Value," bv Tim Czerwienski (Spring 2009), 
the University lias launched an official Boston 
College Facebook page produced by the 
Office of News and Public Affairs. It includes 
University news, photo albums, and frequent 
updates about Boston College alumni, stu- 
dents, and faculty. The page currently has 
more than 7, 100 fans, and can be viewed 
at wwwfacebook.comjBostonCollege. The 
University also has launched a Twitter 
account, through the Office of News & Public 
Affairs, that has more than 5,200 followers. 
See www.twitter.comj BostonCollege. 

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6 Peer pressure 

Meet the critics 

7 Post Road's new 

The University adopts a 
10-year-old journal 

9 Priceless 

Welcome Week has 

10 Close-up 

Treasure hunt 

11 A swim in the 
deep end 

Reflections on talent and 
the lack thereof 





Boston College was among some 20 
institutions of higher learning rep- 
resented by teams that journeyed to 
Middlebury College this fall for the 
inaugural Quidditch World Cup, which 
is said to celebrate a sport played in 
Harry Potter novels. $ The theologian 
Michael Buckley, SJ, former director of 
the University's Jesuit Institute, was cel- 
ebrated by several hundred of his former 
students and his colleagues at a weekend 
symposium in October. ^V With 20 award 
winners, Boston College took 10th place 
nationally in this year's Fulbright scholar 
sweepstakes. )f( Working in the tradition 
established just a few years ago by the 
creators of The BC and carried on by last 
year's stunningly silly Nuns at BC, students 
have this year produced The Hillsides, 
with parodic takes on Good Will Hunting 
and horror flicks, and promises of more 
silliness to come. $ New endowed 
chairs: Thomas F. Rattigan Professor 
Mary Crane (English); Robert A. and 
Evelyn }. Ferris Professor of Physics 
Michael Naughton; Kraft Professor James 
Bernauer, SJ (Theology); Accenture 
Professor Katherine Lemon (Marketing). 
^. Student affairs vice president Patrick 
Rombalski began holding open office 
hours for students on Friday afternoons, 
while, unrelatedly, coach Frank Spaziani 
began having lunch with two superfans 
each Monday during football season. )0( 
Working from a newly devised set of cri- 
teria, Forbes magazine developed a new 

list of "America's best colleges." Boston 
College placed I6th. West Point took first 
place. )0( "Be polite to the bus drivers" 
was among 34 sensible directives that 
Heights editors offered arriving fresh- 
men, while further lessons in practical 
ethics were dispensed by the BC Police 
Department, whose blotter for the semes- 
ter's first weekend offered this morality 
play: "A report was filed regarding a stu- 
dent on lower campus who failed to pay 
her taxi fare. The student was identified 
and escorted back to the taxi to pay her 
fare." $ Boston College physicists dem- 
onstrated the ability to control a stream of 
light in a manner that would allow it to be 
dispatched around corners. )K The Sloan 
Center for Aging and Work published 
survey data indicating that European 
men who preferred not to grow up were 
best suited for life in Bulgaria, where 24.2 
years is considered adulthood. The Irish, 
by deepest contrast, reportedly welcome 
responsibility at a mere 19.5 years $ 
The University and its students joined in 
lobbying to save the McElroy Commons 
post office, which has been placed on a 
list of potential closures by the USPS. 
)0( Dining Services developed "Buddy 
Packs" of ramen, saltines, and Powerade 
for delivery by friends to swine flu suf- 
ferers, while the Provost's Office required 
that each faculty member designate a col- 
league capable of subbing in class in the 
event of illness. As of early November, the 
innovations were proving more prudent 

4 BCM ♦ FALL 2009 

wall space — Selected by the German government to serve as one of 30 U.S. universities co-celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's 
demise, Boston College responded with a documentary film about the wall, a movie and lecture series, and a 12 by 40-foot wood and canvas full-scale 
replica of a section of the wall (the work of fine arts faculty and students) that became, as intended, a Dustbowl whiteboard for student reflections. 
On the day of this photo, October 21, a representative from the German consulate presented Boston College with a piece of the original Berlin Wall. 

than prescient (no one was complaining), 
with the University recording 220 cases of 
"influenza like illness" among 14,700 stu- 
dents since September 1 , most mild and 
none requiring hospitalization. )K With a 
$3 million grant from the Social Security 
Administration, the University has estab- 
lished a center that will promote "finan- 
cial literacy" among retirees and low- and 
moderate-income workers. The center is 
led by CSOM professor Alicia Munnell, 
who is also chairing a commission to 
restore the Massachusetts pension system 
to fiscal health. AV The October 6 issue 
of the independent student newspaper 
the Observer featured a "scavenger of BC" 
column listing upcoming student events 
at which food would be available free of 
cost. Fare ranged across Haitian, Latino, 

and trivia game cuisine. W New England 
Classic, a satirical newspaper founded two 
years ago by undergraduates, was denied 
University funding. Sample headline: 
"Junior chooses his biolab partner based 
on hookup potential." The Heights — itself 
famously "independent" — while not quite 
applauding the University's decision, 
advised the Classic that sovereignty was 
its own reward. X( Elements, a famously 
independent and un-ironic student-run 
journal of research, published a fall issue 
that included analyses of the contempo- 
rary Russian intelligentsia, of the impact 
of migrant remittances on developing 
nations ("and its implications for global 
monetary policy"), and of "Call-and- 
response: An ancient linguistic device 
[that] surfaces in Usher's 'Love in this 

Chib.'" $ While communication, with 
944 enrolled majors, continues to rule the 
roost, numeral-based majors are making 
a run at demi-popularitv, according to a 
University report, with accounting now 
standing at 393 majors, 72 more than in 
September 2008; physics hosting a record 
88; chemistrv rising from 1 16 to 136 over 
the past year; and mathematics standing at 
2 1 9 — an 1 8 percent increase since the fall 
of 2007. % Dennis Carr T 1, who devel- 
oped a celebrity following over the past 
two years while playing pop song requests 
during lunch hour on a battered upright 
in the Eagle's Nest dining hall, returned to 
campus this fall to discover that the music 
department had replaced the clunker with 
a decommissioned grand piano. 

Ben Birnhaum 

photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

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Fichman (left) and Kane (second from right) with colleagues from England, Michigan, and Virginia, 
in the anteroom of the Lynch Conference Center 

Peer pressure 

By Tim Czerwienski 

Meet the critics 

The process of publishing one's work 
in an academic journal is, by design, 
tortuous. The editorial cycle for a manu- 
script, from submission through reviews 
and revisions to final publication, can take 
three years. Sometimes, such as when 
the topic involves improving health care 
through technology, and lives as well as 
a great deal of money are at stake, that's 
simply too long. 

Rob Fichman is an associate profes- 
sor in Boston College's information 
systems department and a senior edi- 
tor of a forthcoming special issue of the 
journal Information Systems Research on 
the potential roles for the field in health 
care. Together with co-editors Rajiv Kohli 
of the College of William and Mary and 
Ranjani Krishnan of Michigan State, 
Fichman hosted a writing workshop at 
Boston College on September 19 for the 
authors of 10 papers under consider- 
ation. The objective, says Fichman, was 
to compress the normal review process 

by providing face-to-face "constructive, 
developmental, and actionable criticism" 
in between rounds of the customary 
anonymous, long-distance peer review. 
If successful, they might speed the issue's 
publication to late 20 1 0, cutting the jour- 
nal cycle by at least a year. 


some two dozen authors and review- 
ers clad in business casual gathered in 
the anteroom of the Lynch Conference 
Center for coffee, bagels, and juice. The 
participants had come from universities 
relatively near (Carnegie Mellon and 
Johns Hopkins) and far (the University 
of Hawaii, the University of British 
Columbia, and the University of London). 
Each of the 10 papers, the cream of 53 
submissions, had already been through 
an editorial screening and a first cycle of 
anonymous peer review. 

The format of the workshop before 
them would be familiar to any English 

major who ever dabbled in creative writ- 
ing. In four sessions throughout the day, 
the whole group, with laptops aglow, 
gathered around a horseshoe confer- 
ence table to hear individual 15-minute 
PowerPoint presentations on two or three 
of the papers, which had been made avail- 
able in advance on an invite-only web- 
site. Topics included "Electronic Patient 
Record Use in Multidisciplinary Care"; 
"Examining Patient Contact Tracing in 
Epidemic Outbreak Management"; and 
"The Clinical Impact of eHealth on the 
Self-Management of Diabetes." 

For all the technology on display, 
Fichman and his fellow editors chose a 
primitive information system to hold 
presenters to their time limit: They raised 
handwritten placards to count down the 

Following each general session, the 
group split up tor more in-depth discus- 
sions 'of the individual studies. 


sor in Boston College's information sys- 
tems department and an associate editor 
for the special issue. Because his duties are 
administrative and not editorial, he was 
allowed to submit a paper, which made 
the first cut. The session on Kane's paper, 
which carries the working title "Dissent 
Within the Clan: Assessing the Impact of 
System Avoidance on the Performance 
of Health Care Groups," drew a crowd of 
1 2 critics to the long classroom tables in 
Fulton 453. 

Kane's study explores what happens 
when different members of health care 
teams — doctors, nurses, administrators — 
decline to use electronic systems that 
track scheduling, lab and radiology results, 
and administrative tasks within the team. 
Kane started bv outlining some of the 
concerns raised by his two early review- 
ers. Both wanted to see a stronger con- 
nection to existing health care literature; 
Kane and his coauthor, Joe Labianca of 
the University of Kentucky, had obliged. 
Before Kane could finish discussing the 
reviewers' reports, Brian Butler of the 
University of Pittsburgh interjected that 
the manuscript lacked a bottom-line reck- 
oning of the real-world consequences of 
information system avoidance. "You have 
no 'this is something that kills 10 million 

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photograph: Frank Curran 

people a year,' or "this much money is 
spent,'" said Butler. Kane nodded, jotting 
down notes at his place in the front of the 

Shortly after that, Butler reminded Kane 
that in a hospital setting resisting the use of 
an information system isn't necessarily a bad 
thing. "One of the characteristics of health 
care is the complete acceptability of making 
do, or doing something an alternative way," 
he said. "It it saves the patient, you're allowed 
to do just about anything." Kane continued to 
take notes. "It seems like the tiling that's uni- 
fying a lot of these comments is that in health 
care, avoidance is a different phenomenon, 
and I need to explain that," he responded. 

Much of the discussion centered on 
recondite technical matters or the parsing 
of theoretical issues. Kane, for example, 
noted an initial reviewer's opinion that 
social network theory, an evaluative 
technique common to the social sciences, 
isn't suited to the analysis of quantita- 
tive data. Butler sided with Kane, saying 
this assertion was "just wrong." Mollv 
Wasko of Florida State University brought 
up the difference between information 
technology avoidance and information 
systems avoidance. "You use the terms 
interchangeably. The teams you studied 
are using information systems, just not 
the technology," she said, noting that tak- 
ing notes with paper and pen technically 
constitutes an information system. "I'm 
wondering which one you're interested in 
studying," she said. Kane admitted to the 
imprecision in language. 

After the workshop, Kane spoke about 
the value of his critics' input. "They raised 
issues that frankly, I never would have 
thought about," he said, "assumptions 
that I made that I probably shouldn't 
have made." The revisions he planned for 
the paper based on the workshop were 
"major, but doable." The original research 
and analysis are sound, he said, but "I need 
to do a better job of explaining what I did 
and whv it's important." 


shop wrapped up, shortly before 7 p.m., 
most of the group reconvened for dinner. 
"No shop talk on my end of the table, just 
catching up with friends," Fichman said. 
He was pleased how the workshop turned 
out. "Many participants," he said, "made 

note of the constructive, collegial atmo- 
sphere that pervaded the breakout ses- 
sions, which was a contrast to some of the 
workshops they had attended [elsewhere] 
that were more adversarial." 

The time and money required to 
assemble 20 or so scholars in the same 
place likely will prevent the workshop 
model from being adopted more broadly 
by peer-review journals. Fichman and 
Kane are working on another solution. 

They're currently writing a paper explor- 
ing the use of wikis — collaborative web- 
sites that allow a group of people to add 
and critique content — in the editorial 

"You learn much more in a conversa- 
tion than you do in monologues," says 
Kane. "One of the reasons we're propos- 
ing this wiki-based approach is you can 
have a conversation without the difficul- 
ties of getting everybody face to face." ■ 

Post Road's 
new address 

By Ken Gordon 

The University adopts a 10-year-old journal 

Post Road, the literary journal that 
publishes some 400 pages of fic- 
tion, poetry, essays, and artwork a year, 
has taken up residence in Room 334 of 
Carney Hall, marking the start of a collab- 
oration between the English department 
and its previous editors. 

Like most literary journals — Agni and 
Ploughshares, to name two local exam- 
ples — Post Road is not a large-circulation 
publication. The latest issue of the digest- 
size biannual had a print run of 2,000 cop- 
ies, with the majority going to indepen- 
dent bookstores and college libraries. The 
10-year-old journal's reputation, however, 
travels more widely — the poem "Cock 
Robin," by Miranda Field in issue 2, won 
a 2003 Pushcart Prize; a story from issue 
8, "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face." 
by Tom Perrotta, was included in Best 
American Short Stories 2005; and the maga- 
zine received an honorable mention in the 
2006 edition of Best American Essays, for 
Jon Stattmann's "Trial by Trash." 

Post Road was begun by a group of 
graduates from the Bennington College 
Writing Seminars. According to founding 
co-editor Jaime Clarke, the editors looked 

at various "little magazines" and noticed 
"the same vanguard writers popping up. 
We wondered if we could publish a liter- 
ary magazine that didn't feature the works 
of prominent writers," Clarke says. The 
founders realized, however, that estab- 
lished names lend credibility to a publica- 
tiomand attract readers, so they decided to 
include book reviews, or what they called 
"recommendations," from well-known 
writers such as Susan Choi, David Leavitt, 
and Robert Pinsky. 

The magazine was initially indepen- 
dent, with its functions scattered geo- 
graphically — poetry submissions went to 
an editor in Cincinnati, fiction to Newton 
Centre, and nonfiction to Brooklyn. 
Beginning in 2006, Post Road became a 
collaborative undertaking, with the found- 
ers being joined by Lesley University 
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the 
Literary Ventures Fund (LVF), a private 
not-for-profit foundation. The partnership 
ended in 2008, says Clarke, when LVF 
chose not to renew its investment and 
Lesley determined it "couldn't oo it alone." 

Post Road's alliance with Boston 
College took effect last spring. Despite 

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Clockwise from top left: Siasoco, Sam Lovett '10, and master's students Kacy Walz and Luke Dietrich 

the change of address, a number of origi- 
nal staff members continue to work on 
the magazine, including Ricco Siasoco, 
who until recently was Post Road's web 
editor. An adjunct faculty member in the 
English department since 2001, teaching 
the first-year writing seminar and creative 
nonfiction, Siasoco is now the magazine's 
managing editor. 


was advanced by the University's Institute 
for the Liberal Arts, which, says Vice 
Provost Patricia DeLeeuw, aims to sup- 
port "programs and projects that arise 
from and bridge the disciplines." Accord- 
ing to Mary Crane, chair of the English 
department, the magazine's presence has 
"already benefited BC students in several 
ways." She notes that Siasoco teaches " 
a class called "Magazine Editing and 
Publishing," and that the arrival of Post 
Road "offers graduate assistants and 
undergraduate interns an opportunity to 
gain hands-on experience in publishing a 
literary magazine." Undergraduates now 
serve, for instance, as the first readers of 
all submissions. (Anyone can contribute 
to Post Road, except for Boston College 
undergraduates — who may do so once 
they graduate.) "We read a thousand sub- 
missions over two months," says Siasoco. 
The magazine's format remains largely 
unchanged. The current editorial board 

consists of two longtime Post Road asso- 
ciates (founding co-editor David Ryan 
and art editor Susan Breen) and three 
Boston College English professors: Crane, 
Elizabeth Graver, and Suzanne Matson. 
New to Post Road is a "guest folio" fea- 

ture, which will be edited each issue by a 
member of the Boston College English 
faculty. The first guest editor was Matson, 
a poet, who assembled 23 pages of poems; 
a sample, Joshua Rivkin's "Tikkun," can 
be found on page 48. Graver, whose writ- 
ing has appeared in Best American Short 
Stories, will edit a selection of fiction for an 
upcoming issue. Carlo Rotella, director of 
the American Studies Program and recipi- 
ent of The American Scholar's prizes for 
Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger 
Writer in 2000, will prepare a forthcom- 
ing special section of nonfiction. 

Issue 17, published in Spring 2009, is 
the first product of the University's col- 
laboration. With 192 pages of fiction, non- 
fiction, poetry, and "recommendations," it 
includes a poem entitled "Shame" about a 
night at a church-run shelter ("How nor- 
mal everyone appeared at first, and then,/ 
inexorably, their oddnesses leaked out"), 
an essay on the difficulty of teaching J. D. 
Salinger, and a story about Romanian 
exiles, graduate dissertations, and loyalty 
entitled "Drunk in English." ■ 

Ken Gordon is the editor of 

Quigley named dean 

At the annual University Convocation on 
September 9, University President William P. 
Leahy, SJ, introduced historian David Quigley 
as the new dean of the College and Gradu- 
ate School of Arts and Sciences, succeeding 
Patrick Maney. The transition should be fairly 
smooth for Quigley: He has served as interim 
dean since last fall following Maney's return 
to teaching. 

A professor at Boston College since 1997, 
specializing in 19th-century American and 
urban history, Quigley helped develop the 
history department's honors program, which 

supports seniors pursuing an honors thesis, and has mentored history majors train- 
ing to be high school teachers through the Lynch School's program Teachers for a 
New Era. In 2007, he received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 
2008 he became the founding director of Boston College's Institute for Liberal Arts, 
which promotes innovation and interdisciplinary study. 

Quigley earned his Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author of Second 
Founding: New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy 
(2004) and is currently at work on a study of the Boston busing crisis. 

— Tim Czerwienski 

BCM ♦ FALL 2009 

photographs: Lee Pellegrini (left), Gary Wayne Gilbert 

Around midnight at the Target store in Watertown 


By Sage Stossel 
Welcome Week has changed 

At 10:30 p.m. on their first Friday at 
_ Boston College, more than 1,400 
members of the Class of 2013 went shop- 
ping. More precisely, they took over a 
nearby Target superstore, which was 
closed to all except the freshmen for a two- 
hour event called "Shop 'til You Drop." 

The excursion was part of a new lineup 
of activities during the annual Welcome 
Weekend for first-year students, according 
to Sheilah Horton, associate vice presi- 
dent of student affairs, who with associ- 
ate vice provost Joseph Burns cochaired 
a University-wide committee to rethink 
freshmen's first days on campus. The 
intention, Horton says, was to shift away 
from events that merely entertain, and 
to focus on educating students about the 
University's resources and traditions in 
entertaining ways. Thus, a catered recep- 
tion with administrators, featuring an 
address by University President William P. 
Leahy, SJ, replaced the traditional lobster 
bake. The free-form pep rallies of old gave 

way to "Athletics 101" in Conte Forum, 
where students learned the BC fight song, 
heard the Screaming Eagles marching 
band, and cheered the football team. The 
event, in the words of Welcome Weekend 
organizers, was designed to introduce 
students to "the history, tradition, and pas- 
sion of Boston College athletics." Monday 
afternoon brought a high-tech scavenger 
hunt, during which teams of four to six 
were directed via text messages to various 
locations — the academic advising center, 
for instance, and the libraries — that will 
prove useful to them throughout their 
college careers. Prizes included tickets for 
on- and off-campus events and venues — 
the homecoming ball, concerts, plays, 
Boston Duck Tours, the New England 
Aquarium — with a grand prize of luxury 
box tickets to an Eagles football game. 

Asked about the role of the shopping 
trip, Horton laughs. "It's probably not 
the most representative of what we're 
aiming to do this year," she says. "Which 

isn't surprising, since it's not something 
we came up with. They approached us." 
Indeed, Target offered similar events for 
36 colleges and universities from Alabama 
to Alaska, providing buses, refreshments, 
entertainment, and gift bags. 

The scene at the Watertown store had 
all the makings of a block party. A DJ 
orchestrated the music, which pounded 
through huge speakers. Store employees 
dispensed free sodas, while Bullseye, 
Target's enormous mascot dog, played 
jester in the checkout area. Students 
danced in the aisles, tossed plastic foot- 
balls in the sporting goods section, and 
pushed one another in carts. 

Some students who'd met at earlier ori- 
entation events greeted one another like 
long-lost friends. Others, not yet acquaint- 
ed, bonded over detergent selection or 
the shared quest for an ice tray. A trio of 
students passing through the pet supplies 
aisle stopped to show one another cell 
phone photos of beloved cats and dogs. A 
group of young women settled into lawn 
chairs in the gardening section, chatting 
and leafing through magazines. 

As for the night's purchases, the con- 
tents of most carts ran to ramen noodles, 
extension cords, bulletin boards, and 
microwaves — the stuff of dorm life every- 
where. But there were a few surprises, like 
the ironing board protruding from the 
cart of some burly-looking athletes, or the 
sleek modular pullout sofa in another cart. 

With the 12:30 a.m. closing time 
approaching, the student shoppers began 
to haul their bulging white bags outside 
to the front sidewalk, where they sleepilv 
munched potato chips, compared acqui- 
sitions, and waited for the buses. They 
looked pretty beat, but their weekend was 
just getting started. Saturday, thev would 
attend their first BC football game and 
perhaps head to the Dustbowl that night 
for a "drive-in" movie (Disnev-Pixar's Up). 
Sunday would bring jazz and art at the 
McMullen Museum and a harbor cruise. 

Before all that, however, some of these 
shoppers had to confront vexing new 
matters, absent parental assistance. "You 
got pancake mix?" one freshman asked his 
roommate. "I'm almost positive you can't 
make that in the microwave." ■ 

Sage Stossel is a Boston writer/cartoonist. 

photograph: Suzanne Camarata 

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One of the hundreds of manuscripts lost and found in Toledo 


For three years starting in 2000, Michael 
Noone, associate professor of music, 
scoured the great cathedral in Toledo, 
Spain, rummaging through chapels, 
vaults, choir lofts, and every other niche 
of the massive medieval structure. Schol- 
ars knew that Toledo Cathedral once 
housed long-lost masterpieces of Renais- 
sance music— reputedly stunning illumi- 
nated manuscripts of works by leading 
composers. But they surmised that loot- 
ers had long ago whisked away the atlas- 
sized choir books. 

Noone surmised differently. And, by 
2003, he had turned up more than 170 
parchment choir books, containing nearly 
300 compositions by dozens of Renais- 
sance masters, together with nearly 900 
plainsong chants, primarily of Spanish 
origin. Most of the works were unknown 
until Noone found the manuscripts scat- 
tered within the cathedral. 

The image above is from a manuscript 
of Franco-Flemish origin, presenting 30 
polyphonic, or multiple-voice, pieces 
written for the French royal chapel in 
the 16th century. Although many of the 

manuscripts found by Noone had been 
virtually discarded and severely damaged 
(from sitting, for example, in standing 
water, in the cathedral basement), this 
one was preserved under lock and key, 
inside a chest in the sacristy— "a victim 
of overzealous caretaking," Noone says. 

Thanks to archival records kept by the 
cathedral, Noone was able to identify 
the composer. The page is the first in a 
Mass by Antoine de Fevin (c. 1470-1512), 
beginning with the singing of the Kyrie 
("Lord have mercy . . ."). The detail shows 
a portion of the bass part; the tenor, 
soprano, and alto parts occupy the re- 
maining three quadrants of the spread. 
Records indicate that the cathedral pur- 
chased the 50-pound choir book some 
time before 1536 from an unidentified 
German. It was likely prized as an arti- 
fact, Noone says, "too expensive to be 
put in the hands of grubby musicians." 

The identity of the master illuminator 
who rendered the page's precise min- 
iatures on gold leaf remains a mystery. 
As Noone relates, the figures depict 
noblemen in Flemish garb. One gestures 

toward a banderole proclaiming the 
words sung at the beginning of Pente- 
cost Mass: Spiritus Domini replevit orbem 
terrarum ("The spirit of the Lord filled the 
globe of the earth"). The scribe who set 
down the musical notation, probably in a 
separate workshop, is also unknown. 

Before Noone's discoveries— for which 
he received a cultural-preservation award 
from Spain's King Juan Carlos in 2006— it 
was widely assumed that combatants in 
the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) or anti- 
clerical forces decades earlier had plun- 
dered the collection. Noone, however, 
long argued that the cathedral's prodi- 
gious archives would have indicated such 
a fate. After two decades of his visits, ca- 
thedral authorities invited him to search. 

The Australian-born Noone came to 
Boston College shortly after making his 
discoveries. He has since turned out a 
dozen recordings of the music he recov- 
ered, working primarily with the London- 
based Ensemble Plus Ultra, which he 
directs. He is now supervising a project 
to catalogue and digitize all 22,000-plus 
folios unearthed. —William Bole 


BCM •> FALL 2009 

photograph: Michael Noone 

Patchett with first-year students James Keeley and Margaret O'Neill following her talk 

A swim in the 

deep end 

Bv Ann Patchett 

Reflections on talent and the lack thereof 

From the First Year Academic Convocation 
keynote address, Thursday, September 17, in 
Conte Forum. 

This is perhaps the only truly remark- 
able fact about me: I knew what I 
wanted to do with my life and then I did 
it. I knew I wanted to be a writer on the 
first day of first grade. In retrospect it 
makes no sense at all because at that point 
I didn't even know how to write my name. 
I learned, and once I started putting pen to 
paper I became increasingly single-minded. 

In college I crammed my schedule full 
of writing classes and literature classes, 
anything that would help me reach my 
goal, and all the while my father begged 
me to reconsider. He didn't care if I was a 
writer. He wanted me to be well rounded. 
"Take economics," he told me. "Go out 

for the volleyball team." I don't think my 
school had a volleyball team but that was 
beside the point. My father wanted me to 
experience a broad-range education, and I 
told him that I was. Look at my schedule, 
I said. I was taking Shakespeare and 20th- 
century poetry and Japanese literature in 

"Marine biology," he said. "Islamic his- 
tory. Calculus. French." 

Not a chance. I got A's in every English 
class I took. I doubt seriously I would 
have passed organic chemistry with a D. 
Nobody asks Michael Phelps to get out of 
the pool and give football a try. In all the 
world, there was exactly one thing I was 
pretty good at, and I followed that one 
thing with all the single-minded devotion 
of a dog following a steak. I was going to 
stick with what I knew. I had made up my 
mind to be a winner. 

And I was. And I wasn't. 

I graduated from college the same per- 
son I've wound up being my whole life. 
I'm really good at exactly one thing. In the 
end I came to think that maybe my father 
was right. 

I'm going to guess that most of you are 
not absolutely positive where your life is 
heading right now. Even if you are, even 
if you're certain you're going to be, say, a 
novelist, what you find out is there's a lot 
you need to know — stuff like Islamic his- 
tory and marine biology. 

You may remember there are some 
fish — ichthyology yet — in Run, my book 
that you read over the summer or you 
plan to read tonight before group discus- 
sions start in the morning. To get my facts 
straight, I wound up having to read Inland 
Fishes of Massachusetts and The Voyage of 
the Beagle, thinking wistfully of all the 
college courses I had skipped over to make 
time for Dickens and Austen and James. 
Sometimes the desire to be the best at 
something can be in direct conflict with 
getting an education. If you really want to 
learn things you have to be willing to get 
into water that's over your head. You're 
probably going to discover a few things 
you're not so good at. 

You're about to embark on one of life's 
greatest privileges, a first-rate education. 
If you are absolutely sure of who you are, 
if you know all your strengths and weak- 
nesses and you've been telling people 
loudly that you have planned to be a neu- 
rologist or an art dealer since you were in 
the second grade, then I have some good 
news: None of these people around here 
know you. You don't have to stick with 
your story. In fact, you can change your 
story completely. You can experiment 
with having no story at all and see where 
the possibilities lead you. 

This isn't a chance that comes around 
often so I suggest that you grab it. After 
a while we all grow up and get jobs and 
then what we do comes to define who we 
are. You freshmen, on the other hand, 
are standing on the threshold of limitless 
intellectual freedom. ■ 

Ann Patchett's 2007 novel, Run, was as- 
signed as summer reading to the incoming 
Class of 2013. Bel Canto, Patchett's 2001 
novel, earned the PEN/Faull<ner Award. 

photograph: Suzanne Camarata 

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It's a still evening in early June as I make my way across Lower Campus for 
a reception and dinner at the Yawkey Center. Tonight's speaker is Harry 
Markopolos, MS'97, the man who became semi-famous in the months 
after the spectacular fall of Bernard L. Madoff, con man extraordinaire. 
Markopolos is the man who knew, the man who tried to blow the whistle 
on one of history's greatest financial frauds. He's the man who could have — 
would have — saved investors billions of dollars if the federal government 
had heeded his warnings. 

The antenna truck of New England Cable News is parked in the lot outside 
the Yawkey Center. It's been almost six months since the day Madoff turned 
himself in, on December 1 1, 2008, but media interest in All Things Madoff 
is going strong. The many strands of the saga will keep writers, lawyers, and 
documentarians busy for years. There are even rumors of Hollywood interest 
in the Harry Markopolos story. 

On the fourth floor, the Murray Room is beginning to buzz. That's 
Markopolos over in the corner, looking much as he did three months ago on 
CBS News's 60 Minutes. He's chatting with the lone Boston College police 
officer assigned to tonight's event, the kickoff of the annual conference spon- 
sored by the Carroll School's Center for Asset Management. As the room fills 
and Markopolos mingles with bankers and finance professionals, it's impos- 
sible not to notice: While almost all the men are wearing dark suits — gray, 
black, navy, charcoal — Markopolos is in a suit the color of Dijon mustard, 
with a yellow shirt and a gold-and-brown checkerboard necktie. 

Markopolos's eyes look small and sharp under his dark eyebrows. There's 
something rabbit-like about him, a tense alertness. When I get the chance, I 
introduce myself. "You won't be taping me, will you?" he asks, first thing. He 
asserts that he's not giving interviews. Still, he hands me his business card and 
says maybe we'll talk. 

opposite: Markopolos in Boston, December 24, 2008 
12 BCM i- FALL 2009 photograph: Joanne Rathe/Boston Clobe/Landov 

Markopolos in the Murray Room at Boston College, June 4, 2009. To his left is finance professor Hassan Tehranian, with whom he studied. 

In the adjoining banquet room, about a hundred attend- 
ees take seats at round tables. As dessert is served, finance 
professor Alan Marcus introduces the featured speaker, 
giving the outlines of Markopolos's unusual resume: a BA 
from Loyola College of Baltimore; 1 7 years in the Army 
National Guard and Reserve, which included training in 
intelligence gathering and special operations; his years in a 
Boston investment company; and his more recent work as 
an independent investigator of white-collar crime. 

Then Harry Markopolos stands up, fiddles with his 
PowerPoint clicker, and launches into his story. He speaks 
rapidly, with bubbling energy, eyebrows flitting, pacing 
around the front of the room like a roving talk-show host. 
"Let me tell you a little bit about myself," he begins, "because 
I think the press has it wrong. I'm not a hero. I certainly 
wasn't brave — I was very frightened." He tells of his eight- 
year undercover campaign to expose Madoff. How he 
smelled a multibillion-dollar fraud as early as 2000 and soon 
urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to 
look into whether Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. He 
alludes frequently to an ever-present fear: Utterly convinced 

that Madoff was corrupt, and knowing how high the stakes 
were, he worried that Madoff might have him killed. And he 
bolsters his case that he was no hero by noting his ultimate 
failure. For all his efforts, he wasn't able to stop Madoff s 
elaborate scam. It was the crashing economy that brought 
Madoff down. 

As Markopolos recounts the evidence of fraud, the warn- 
ing signs he says should have been obvious, the details he 
lived with for years, his sense of outrage is as fresh as this 
moment. It's as if he still can't quite believe it. How could 
Madoff have fooled so many people? How could the SEC 
have been so incompetent? Over the course of his 40-min- 
ute talk, there is not the slightest sign of accommodation in 
him, no tired acceptance that "that's just how things are." 

When he spoke at the conference that night, and later 
when I interviewed him by phone in June and August, he 
complained about the way he's been portrayed in the media. 
"I'm very leery of the press," he told me. "I don't like the 
press. There's so much inaccuracy." It especially rankles 
him that he has been labeled "a Boston accountant." He is, 
in fact, a chartered financial analyst and a certified fraud 


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photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

examiner. In a broader sense, too, he is no stereotypical 
accountant. Friends describe him as "a character," "color- 
ful," "irreverent," "intense," and "slightly eccentric." 

When we spoke in August, he elaborated on his desire to 
stop giving interviews. He had just signed a book contract 
and was not inclined to hand over choice material to other 
writers. (The book contract also covers a New York ghost- 
writer and several longtime Markopolos colleagues who 
helped investigate Madoff over the years; Markopolos said 
his colleagues have agreed not to tell their story elsewhere.) 
Plus, he felt overextended. He was cooperating with a docu- 
mentary team, hoping to time the release of its film with the 
publication of his book. Negotiations were also under way, 
he said then, for a movie that might or might not involve 
Tom Hanks. And, with a wife and three young children, he 
had family responsibilities, too. 

I soon found that there is a wealth of choice material 
alreadv on the record. The voluminous documents that are 


part of Markopolos's Quixote-like adventure tell a story 
that has yet to receive the kind of in-depth treatment that 
Madoff s machinations and lifestyle have. There is, in fact, 
a more interesting Harry Markopolos than the "whistle- 
blowing accountant" in the Madoff morality tale. The 375 
pages of material he submitted to Congress when he testi- 
fied in early 2009 show him to be full of preternatural cer- 
titude and deep suspicion, with an oddball sense of humor, 

"Let me tell you a little bit 
about myself," Harry 
Markopolos begins, "be- 
cause I think the press has 
it wrong. I'm not a hero, 
certainly wasn't brave- 
was very frightened." He 
worried that Madoff might 
have him killed. 

emotions worn on his sleeve, and righteous disdain for both 
Madoff and the SEC. He is a man who has an aversion to 
the spotlight and a curious interest in it. It's the story of an 
American maverick, a true original. In a world of fine gray 
pinstripe, he's the man in the mustard-colored suit. 

There is bravery and heroism in his story. It is also, as he 
says, a story about failure. 


Markopolos never spoke publicly about what he knew. But 
when news broke on December 1 1 that Madoff admitted to 
running a Ponzi scheme, Markopolos went into high alert. 
Suddenly he had the panicky feeling that he might have a 
new enemy to worry about: the Securities and Exchange 
Commission. People in the agency now knew Markopolos 
had been right — and that they were going to look like 
accomplices in a billion-dollar crime. Fearing they might try 
to use the power of the government to cover their mistakes, 
perhaps by sending authorities to confiscate his records, he 
frantically began working with a Boston law firm to photo- 
copy years' worth of correspondence and documents he had 
submitted to the SEC. The law firm then put them in the 
hands of several media outlets. 

A week after Madoff was taken into custody, the Wall 
Street Journal was the first to tell the story of Markopolos's 
role. In January he was the subject of a profile in the Boston 
Globe. In February, Markopolos testified in front of a con- 
gressional panel looking into the regulatory failure of the 
SEC. In March, he appeared on 60 Minutes. He'd come a 
long way, from obscurity to sudden prominence. 

Markopolos grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he was 
born in 1956. His father owned two luncheonettes and his 
mother stayed home in their small duplex, raising Harry and 
a younger sister and brother. He went to Loyola College on 
an Army ROTC program, where he earned a BA in busi- 
ness administration, and served in the National Guard and 
Reserve until 1 995. Meanwhile, he started work at Rampart 
Investment Management in Boston in 1991. From 1995 
through 1997 he completed work on a master's degree in 
finance at the Carroll School of Management. 

Markopolos was at Rampart when, in late 1999, some 
of his colleagues began talking about the stellar invest- 
ment performance of a money manager on Wall Street 
named Bernard L. Madoff. Because Markopolos had a 
sophisticated understanding of the derivatives market and 
excellent mathematics skills, his firm asked him to see il 
Rampart could imitate Madoff s methods. Markopolos and 
his colleague Frank Casey, then a senior vice-president for 
marketing at Rampart, became especially intrigued with 
Madoff as they collected information in the spring of 2000. 
Markopolos says that upon looking over some documents 
from a Madoff-managed fund that showed consistently 

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high monthly returns from 1993 to early 2000, he imme- 
diately suspected something was amiss. When he spent 
about four hours running the numbers — trying to "reverse 
engineer" the results based on Madoff s reputed investment 
strategies — he concluded Madoff was probably engaged in 

But what kind of fraud? Markopolos could see only two 
possibilities: Either Madoff was involved in "front-running" 
(a kind of early insider trading), or he was directing a Ponzi 
scheme — continually taking on new investors and paying 
off old investors with the cash infusions, regardless of actual 
investment results. To Markopolos, either scenario meant 
the SEC should take a look. He expected an investigation 
could proceed quickly and, if his suspicions were right, 
Madoff would be shut down in short order. 

So, in May of 2000, Markopolos drafted an eight-page 
memo and went to the Boston office of the SEC. He had 
a good contact there, Edward Manion '67, whom he had 
worked with while both were on an ethics committee of the 
Boston Security Analysts Society. Manion arranged a meet- 
ing with an SEC regional director of enforcement. But both 
Markopolos and Manion (a chartered financial analyst with 
industry experience) left with the feeling the meeting did not 
go well. It seemed to them that the official, a lawyer with no 
background in finance, had not grasped their argument and 
had no inclination to pursue the matter further. 

Markopolos didn't let it go. Working with Frank Casey 
and another Rampart colleague, Neil Chelo, he continued to 
collect and study materials from funds connected to Madoff. 
Manion got back in touch with Markopolos in October of 
2001, feeling that the SEC had dropped the ball, and asked 
Markopolos to resubmit his original memo. He did, adding 
three pages of new material. Markopolos had originally 
pegged Madoff s scheme as involving between $3 billion 
and $7 billion. Now he estimated a figure as high as $20 

In June 2002, Markopolos took a business trip to 
Europe. By this time, he had found a new ally, an investi- 
gative reporter named Michael Ocrant who had written a 
story in May 2001 for MARHedge, an industry publication, 
entitled "Madoff tops charts; skeptics ask how." Eventually, 
he began to think of Ocrant as the fourth member of his 
"team," as Markopolos, Casey, Chelo, and Ocrant contin- 
ued to share information with one another about Madoff. 

It was during the European trip, when Markopolos met 
with wealthy European investors on behalf of Rampart, that 
he began to realize how extensive Madoff s empire was. He 
noticed how many of the investors he met "bragged" about 
getting into Madoff-connected funds. To Markopolos, this 
was a key tip-off. As he later explained in his testimony 
to the House committee on financial services in February 
2009, Madoff s "masterful use of a. 'hook' by playing hard- 

n 2005, Markopolos 
drafted a 19-page report 
for the SEC and gave 
it the unambiguous title 
"The World's Largest 
Hedge Fund is a Fraud." 
Markopolos listed 29 
"red flags" that signaled 
suspicious activity. 

to-get and his false lure of exclusivity were symptomatic of 
a Ponzi scheme." 

Still, there was no apparent investigative interest in 
Madoff at the SEC. Markopolos, Casey, and Chelo were 
operating secretly, without sanction of their bosses; they 
continued to share information even after Casey and Chelo 
left Rampart for other jobs in the industry. In August 2004, 
Markopolos decided to leave Rampart and set up a busi- 
ness as an independent investigator of white-collar crime. 
He kept in touch with Ed Manion in the Boston SEC office. 
In October 2005, Manion arranged another meeting, this 
time with Boston SEC branch chief Mike Garrity, JD'88. 

Markopolos drafted a 19-page report and gave it the 
unambiguous title "The World's Largest Hedge Fund is 
a Fraud." He listed 29 "red flags" that signaled suspicious 
activity — and declared it "highly likely" that Madoff was 
running a Ponzi scheme. 

Garrity saw enough merit in the case that he directed 
Markopolos to his counterpart in the New York branch 
office, which had jurisdiction over Madoff. Markopolos 
resubmitted his memo in November to the New York SEC 
office and later spoke with branch chief Meaghan Cheung. 
But Cheung asked him almost no questions, he has testi- 
fied, and seemed uninterested in pursuing an investigation. 
Shortly after that, he decided to take a new risk: He contact- 
ed John Wilke, an investigative reporter in the Washington 
office of the Wall Street Journal. Wilke seemed eager to 
pursue the story, and Markopolos communicated with him 


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frequently over the next two years. For reasons that remain 
unclear, the story never made it into print. Wilke died of 
cancer in May 2009. 

Markopolos continued to gather materials in 2006 and 
200™, occasionally providing more documentation to the 
New York SEC office. But he had clearly not "connected" 
with regulators there. As he later explained it in written tes- 
timony to Congress, "Every phone call to Meaghan Cheung 
made me feel diminished as a person, so I consciously chose 
to e-mail her so that I didn't have to undergo unpleasant and 
unsatisfying telephone calls." 

Bv 2008, the world of global finance was moving toward 
crisis. Markopolos, Casey, and Chelo had their hands full 
with their own jobs and had for the most part given up on 
the SEC. By the end of that year, everything came crashing 
down. Madoff admitted he had lost about $50 billion of 
investors' funds and turned himself in. 


of the Center for Asset Management conference at Boston 

College in June, he left quite a few heads shaking. It was an 
astounding account that made it all the more difficult to see 
how Madoff had stayed in business so long. 

In the question-and-answer period after his talk, 
Markopolos was asked why, when he lost confidence in the 
SEC, he couldn't have somehow become a "Deep Throat" 
source for a journalist capable of breaking the story. Why 
didn't he, for example, go to the New York Times? 

"I thought the Journal was the way to go," he explained. 
"I was looking at the New York Times really seriously," but, 
he said, "I was so afraid of New York, because I saw Madoff 
as a spider with a big web in New York. And I was afraid to 
make a ripple there, to get caught. And I was really fearing 
for my life." 

He then recounted an incident that illustrates the cloak- 
and-dagger mindset he had at the time. At some point years 
ago, a friend mentioned to him that Eliot Spitzer, the hard- 
charging attorney general of New York, would be attending 
an event at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Markopolos 
decided to go. (He is unsure of the year, but remembers 

Markopolos testifying before the Senate banking committee, on September 10, 2009, alongside the SEC's John Walsh (center), acting director of compliance 
inspections and examinations, and Robert Khuzami, director of enforcement 

photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 

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it as being in "the dead of winter." Spitzer was on a panel 
discussing corporate responsibility at the Kennedy Library 
in December 2002.) Markopolos made a copy of his case 
submission to the SEC. "No finger prints, no DNA," he told 
the audience, "this thing is as clean as clean can be." He put 
the materials in a 9 x 1 2 envelope and then put that envelope 
in a larger one. He handed the package to a staff person 
at the event with the request that it be given to Spitzer. 
Markopolos left quickly. "Anything to do with New York 
I was paranoid about," he said. "Because if this got back to 
[Madoffj, I didn't think I was going to be walking around 
much longer." 

I was not the only one that evening who wondered if 
perhaps Markopolos's methods were not effective for some 
obvious reasons. As the crowd was dispersing, I buttonholed 
Richard Syron '66, former CEO and chairman of Freddie 
Mac, who had been at the head table with Markopolos. 
What did he make of the fact that Markopolos had the goods 
but wasn't able to get results? "That's a conundrum," Syron 
said, "it doesn't make — it doesn't seem to make sense. . . . 
This was a pretty compelling story." I put the same question 
to Mitchell Zuckoff, a former reporter for the Boston Globe 
and the author of a book about Charles Ponzi. "I don't know 
why he couldn't have gotten it out," Zuckoff said. "I was jok- 
ing with him earlier, 'Why didn't you call me, Harry?' And 
he said, 'Because I would have been putting your life in dan- 
ger.'" Zuckoff said he thinks Markopolos is "a remarkable 
guy." But he suspects he has been "affected by being a voice 
in the wilderness for so long." 

Later, when I spoke to several people who have known 
Markopolos over the years, a consistent assessment emerged: 
The independent-mindedness that led Markopolos to see 
things differently from most industry insiders may have 
worked against him when it came to bringing influential 
people around to his point of view. Alan Marcus recalled 
having Markopolos as a student in his class on derivatives 
and risk management in the late 1990s. He knew then that 
Markopolos, who had already worked for several years in 
the investment world, was ahead of most of the other stu- 
dents — and was not the shy and retiring type. "He's a pretty 
intense guy," Marcus said. "So he was really very much front 
and center in the classroom." 

I asked Marcus how he thought about the role Markopolos 
played in the Madoff story. 

"My impression is that he was not alone in the industry 
in being highly skeptical of Madoff. In retrospect, there 
were lots of people who looked at Madoff and said at the 
very least this doesn't smell right," Marcus said. "The issue 
is that most of them just felt like Well, I'm not going to have 
anything to do with this guy,' but they sort of went along and 
kept their heads down." Not Markopolos. "He has that bull- 
dog personality and he's the kind of guy who has a hard time 

letting things rest." The result can be that industry insiders 
"view him as being kind of 'out there.'" 

Citing a letter Markopolos sent to the SEC, Marcus said, 
"At one level the letter is so angry about what was going on 
that in a sense he kind of did himself some harm. ... If he 
would have been more measured I think they would have 
paid more attention to it." 

In that same period when Markopolos took Marcus's 
class, he took a course in financial econometrics taught by 
Declan Mullarkey, MS'88, now a portfolio manager at John 
Hancock in Boston and a lecturer in finance at the Carroll 
School. Mullarkey noticed "a lot of intellectual energy" in 
Markopolos, and that "he didn't take anything at face value." 

Christopher Argyrople, a lecturer in finance at Boston 
College who was introduced to Markopolos in 1997, offers 
a different spin. So what if Markopolos is, as he puts it, "not 
the most corporate individual"? The fact that the SEC didn't 
act on the documents Markopolos sent was a kind of "mal- 
practice." "These people just totally pooh-poohed Harry. 
They should have been all over it." 

"I've got one thing that overlaps with Harry," Argyrople 
says. "We're Greek-Americans. The Greeks are just very 
outspoken. And most people don't like it." 

Argyrople believes Markopolos had good reasons to be 
cautious in taking on a corrupt and powerful Wall Street 
titan like Madoff. But what excuse did regulators have? 


Washington for the second time to testify about his experi- 
ence with the SEC, appearing before the Senate banking 
committee. Much had changed since his appearance before 
the House panel seven months earlier. Madoff had been 
sentenced in June to 1 50 years in prison. The Obama admin- 
istration's new chairman of the SEC, Mary Schapiro, was 
attempting to turn the agency around, to mostly favorable 
reviews. And from the first weeks when the Madoff story 
broke, the SEC's office of the inspector general had been 
charged with conducting an internal investigation of how 
things went so wrong in the agency. 

The inspector general's report was released on the last 
day in August. It is a thorough accounting, to say the least. 
Running to 477 pages, it is based on the sworn testimony 
of 122 individuals and a search of 3.7 million e-mails in the 
agency's records. Harry Markopolos figures prominently in 
the narrative. 

At the September Senate hearing, Markopolos effusively 
praised the SEC's inspector general, David Kotz, saying that 
the work of Kotz and Schapiro have "reaffirmed my faith in 

"I commend it to you," Markopolos said of the IG's 
report. "It's great reading. For the victims out there — I know 
you're watching — you definitely want to read all 477 pages. 


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It's hard-hitting; it's like watching a train wreck in slow 
morion, from 477 different angles, and it has the same tragic 
ending on each page. It's unbelievable, but sadly it's true." 


Because Kotz had the authority to go back into the 
records, we now have an answer to the nagging question 
that followed Madoff s exposure: Why did the SEC refuse 
to pursue the leads that Markopolos provided? Was this a 
case, as some supposed, of strings being pulled at high levels 
to protect an influential Wall Street tycoon? 

Kotz's report, and his testimony before the Senate panel, 
states that no evidence was uncovered that showed high- 
level interference with an SEC investigation. Instead, what 
Kotz found was that SEC regulators, at every turn, had 
things backward: They were more skeptical of Markopolos 
than thev were of Madoff. 

Perhaps the most telling passages in Kotz's narrative con- 
cern the events of late 2005 and early 2006. This was after 
Markopolos submitted his report "The World's Largest 
Hedge Fund is a Fraud" to New York SEC branch chief 
Meaghan Cheung. A lawyer, Cheung assigned her deputy 
Simona Suh, a staff attorney, to assist her in looking into 
Markopolos's claims. One of Suh's first steps was to go 
online to find more information about their Boston infor- 
mant. She didn't find much, but on November 4, 2005, sent 
an e-mail to Cheung reporting that Markopolos had been 
quoted in the Bloomberg newswire in August 2004 giving a 
negative assessment of George W. Bush's reelection chanc- 
es that year. "If Iraqi cities go up in flames, so do Bush's 
reelection hopes," Markopolos was quoted as saying. "And 
if oil prices keep rising, so do Kerry's chances of winning." 

Questioned by Kotz, Suh later admitted Markopolos's 
political views were not especially relevant to the matter at 
hand. Kotz asked Cheung what she thought when she was 
contacted by Markopolos. She testified: 

"I remember thinking that after I spoke to him that he 
wasn't technically a whistleblower because it wasn't inside 
information, so that was, I think, a distinction that I'm sure 
I made, because I think — I think that, you know, when you 
hear 'whistleblower' or 'informant,' there's an assumption 
that it's somebody who's inside an operation and has — and 
has nonpublic information to give you. And I remember 
realizing that he was not." 

Suh elaborated. She believed Cheung was skeptical about 
Markopolos because "I remember hearing that she thought 
he was kind of condescending to the SEC in terms of SEC 
expertise and knowledge." 

Nevertheless, Cheung opened an investigation, of sorts, 
in late 2005 that went into 2006. The suggestion that 
Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme was not the primary 
focus. Instead, Cheung's office discovered a few inaccura- 
cies here and there in the information Madoff provided, and 
decided the problem was that he wasn't properly registered 

as an investment advisor. He agreed to register in August 
2006 and Cheung and Suh were happy, they said, to be done 
with the Madoff case. 

From Kotz's report, it becomes clear that Markopolos 
had good reasons to be frustrated with SEC regulators. It is 
clear, also, that Markopolos wasn't the only one who tried 
to warn the SEC. In late December 2006, the commission 
received a letter from an anonymous "concerned citizen." It 
contained this passage: 

"Your attention is directed to a scandal of major propor- 
tion which was executed by the investment firm Bernard L. 
Madoff . . . Assets well in excess of $10 Billion owned by 
the late Norman F. Levy, an ultra-wealthy long time client 
of the Madoff firm have been 'co-mingled' with funds con- 
trolled by the Madoff company with gains thereon retained 
by Madoff." 

In January 2007, the letter landed on Simona Suh's 
desk. She checked her list of Madoff clients and didn't find 
the name Norman Levy. So she called Madoff s lawyer, 
Brandon Becker. On January 9, she e-mailed Cheung to say, 
"Brandon Becker has called me to report that Bernie says he 
has not managed money for Norman F. Levy, the investor 
referenced in the anonymous letter." Cheung responded: 
"Then I think we are done and do not have to worry any 

As Kotz's report dryly notes, "It is extremely curious that 
when the staff received a tip that Madoff had stolen from 
Levy, they simply accepted Madoff s claim that he had not 
managed money for Levy as an explanation for the tip." 

And so it went. When Madoffs scheme collapsed, it 
turned out that Levy was one of Madoffs largest investors 
and had been one of Madoffs closest friends. In January 
2009, Levy's JEHT foundation closed, due to the millions 
lost to Madoff. 

Kotz's report goes on to note that about six months after 
the SEC dismissed the tip about Levy, Markopolos sent the 
following e-mail to Cheung: 

"Hello Meaghan, Attached are some very troubling docu- 
ments that show the Madoff fraud scheme is getting even 
more brazen. . . . Madoff couldn't possibly be managing 
the billions in this strategy unlevered, much less levered. I 
thought you would want to see these Wickford documents. 
When Madoff finally does blow up, It's going to be spectacu- 
lar, and lead to massive selling by hedge fund [s]... as they 
face investor redemptions." 

By that time, Cheung and Suh considered the Madoff 
matter closed. 

Months later, Madoff did "blow up," and, just as 
Markopolos said, it was spectacular. ■ 

Dave Denison is a writer in the Boston area. Harry Markopolos's talk 
at the annual conference of the Center for Asset Management may be 
viewed at 

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. ..: 

ine days into what would be a four-week meandering journey around the 
country this past summer, my friend Tom Longmoore and I spent a night in Ten Sleep, Wyoming 
(population: 304). We hadn't planned on visiting, but Yellowstone was full and Ten Sleep was 
relatively close by and, most important, according to the AAA Guide we were carrying it was the 
home of Ten Broek RV and Cabins, which offered the least expensive lodgings in the neighbor- 
hood. (Ten Broek is a Dutch surname, and not a version of the town's name.) I called ahead from 
the car, and the man who answered the phone mumbled something to me about there being no 
vacancies, but now that he thought about it there was one vacancy. Or that's what he seemed 
to say. I told him we'd take it— though I had no idea what it was. 


in Chestnut Hill on May 18, 2009, when 1 graduated from 
Boston College with a major in communication and an 
excellent GPA and walked out into the recession. 

For a month, I lived in my parents' colonial in Natick, 

above: The main street in Ten Sleep 

opposite: U.S. 16 through the Bighorn National Forest 

Massachusetts, spending my days running family errands 
and fruitlessly looking for work, and my nights sleeping in 
a nest of pillows and blankets on a maroon leather sectional 
in the family room. 

On Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 a.m., I left Natick in a bor- 
rowed pewter-gray Nissan Altima with Tom, a Providence 
College English major who found himself in circumstances 
similar to mine. Tom and I had planned the journey over 

photographs: Matthew Morris 

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meatball subs a week earlier. Using a map in the back of an 
AAA guidebook, we marked our route: Boston-Buffalo- 
Chicago-Minneapolis-Rapid City-Yellowstone-Missoula- 
Seattle-the Redwoods-San Francisco-Los Angeles-San 
Diego-Las Vegas-Grand Canyon-Denver-Kansas City- 
Cincinnati-D.C.-Boston. We didn't book hotels or motels. 
We'd stay with friends and in campgrounds. I read Kerouac, 
William Least Heat-Moon, and John Steinbeck in prepara- 
tion. I took along a camera, tape recorder, and notebooks to 
keep a record. 


64 miles south of Interstate 90 as it crosses Wyoming. It is 
accessible via U.S. 16, a faded two-lane blacktop dubbed 
"Cloud Peak Skyway" that makes a thin slash through the 
mountains of the Bighorn National Forest. The roller- 
coaster landscape bristles with lodgepole pine, spruce, 
aspen, fir, and outcrops of purple rock. Small waterfalls 
run down the rock, feeding Crazy Woman Creek. 

There are at least five reputed origins of the creek's name, 
ranging from a "Sioux legend" of a spectral old woman who 
can be seen on moonlit nights in a canoe, to the heartbroken 
widow of a murdered white settler who spent years mourn- 
ing over her husband's creek-side grave. Ten Sleep, how- 
ever, has only one known derivation: It was once a Sioux 
settlement that lay 1 nights, or sleeps, distant from winter 
encampments in what are now Fort Laramie, Wyoming, 
Yellowstone National Park, and Stillwater River, Montana. 
(According to Google maps, Ten Sleep translates to four 
hours and 30 minutes by car.) 

We arrived late in the afternoon. A log cabin served as 
the camp's office and as an "antique shop," selling corroded 
license plates and wooden animal carvings, mostly of horses 
and cows. Darryl, the camp manager, old-school in a white 
cowboy hat, bolo tie, and jeans, registered us from behind 
a mechanical cash register and showed us to our lodgings. 
We were to stay in Darryl's personal RV, a white tin box 
with two windows and a yellow stripe around its belly. Its 
furnishings were basic: four small beds on wooden frames, 
a folding table, two aluminum beach chairs, and a golden 
yellow kitchen that was nonfunctional save for a chilly 
mini-refrigerator. We learned later, in town, that Darryl 
lived in a little white house on the edge of the RV park with 
his wife, a nurse, who spends months away at a time work- 
ing in a hospital. 

That evening, Cliff and Sandy Linster, a retired couple 
from Montana who were settled beside us in a commodi- 
ous white RV, invited us over for a beer. The Linsters were 
in Ten Sleep to visit Wes, their lanky 28-year-old son, who 
sat at his parents' picnic table adorned in wraparound sun- 
glasses, a disheveled chestnut beard, and a pink sleeveless 
T-shirt with a T-Rex skull grinning across the chest. Wes 

lived in Ten Sleep and earned his living digging dinosaur 
bones. The skin on his shoulders was ravaged by sun. 

Soon joined by Wes's girlfriend, Leah, a part-time wait- 
ress at the town saloon, we sat and talked. Eddie, the 
Linsters' Chihuahua-dachshund mix, lay at our feet, rousing 
occasionally to yap at passersby. 

We chatted about Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina 
(Cliff had just heard from a friend on the Gulf Coast), the 
desperate state of Indian reservations, and drug-related 
crime on the Texas-Mexico border. Tom and I explained 
why we were spending a night of our lives in Ten Sleep. 
Mostly, though, we talked about dinosaurs. 

Enthusiastic amateur paleontologists, Sandy and Cliff 
had raised their family on fossils. Cliff, a retired highway 
department manager, had worked near Glacier National 
Park in the summers, and on weekends Sandy would pack 
the car with kids and food and drive five hours to meet her 
husband at the family dig site in northwest Montana. Over 
time the children learned to identify and catalogue the bones 
they found. 

When Wes was 14, he discovered the well-preserved skel- 
eton of a three-foot-tall, meat-eating dinosaur. He named it 
"Bambiraptor" and was the subject of a Time magazine 
story. Scientists declared his find a missing link in the evolu- 
tionary chain connecting dinosaurs and birds. 

After graduating from high school, Wes turned pro, and 
1 years later he was working in Wyoming for Dinosauria 
International, a commercial fossil broker that sells to muse- 
ums and private collectors. "No college experience, just 
backyard experience," Wes said. 

Early the next morning we went out with Wes to his dig. 
He'd met a group of students from a college in Illinois at the 
local saloon — they were taking part in a geology department 
field camp — and he had offered them a tour of his site. We 
followed Wes's sea-foam green pickup and two white vans 
loaded with students along a rutted burnt-orange dirt road 
through a landscape of parched earth and tough grasses. The 
sky was blue, the sun was already hot, and the air was dry. 

The site, a large pit, really, resembled a small dugout 
arena with earthen tiers rising up the sides. Enormous blue 
tarps, anchored by rocks and old tires, covered the fos- 
sils. Scattered around them were small picks, spades, and 
brushes — the largest tool we saw was a shovel. 

Wes, now wearing an olive green sleeveless tee with a 
dinosaur skull over the pocket area and a broad-brimmed 
hat, removed the tarp over a shallow hole within a hole, 
maybe three feet deep, and carefully jumped down. Silvery 
mice that had been hiding from the sun scurried off into 
the desert. The students gasped when they looked into the 
hole and saw the partial excavation of a pair of apatosaurus 
skeletons, one considerably smaller than the other. Framed 
within an area roughly 10 by 15 feet, the pale spines curved 

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left: Tom reads A/o Country for Old Men outside Darryl's RV. 
right: Wes (left) shows students the dig site. 

together like one spoon within another, in what seemed like 
fetal position. 

The students and Tom and I stood at the edge of the hole, 
talking among ourselves and taking photographs. A bone 
hunter, not a lecturer, Wes seemed unsure what to do next 
for his invited guests. He began to describe the apatosaurus 
bone by bone, what we could see and what the ground prob- 
ably still contained. He touched on the articulation of the 
tail, the seven elements of the pelvis, an anklebone where 
"all the foot bones meet up." The students took more pho- 
tographs. "Is this a baby and a mother dinosaur?" one asked. 
"Yah, could be," said Wes. 

"You never see the dinosaur actually laid out like this," 
Wes continued, looking down. "Usually they're in a jumble. 
The majority of dinosaurs that are found are usually only 40 
or 50 percent complete, and we're assuming [here] there's 
probably 85 percent . . . just by what we see." 

Asked by another student if dinosaur hunting was dif- 
ficult, Wes said no, it was relatively simple, because fossils 
tend to crop up in groups. "I think there's been 1 4 dinosaurs 
taken from here so far, and this site's been open for some- 
thing like 1 6 years. I speculate that this was a situation like in 

Africa, where they get seasonal rivers, and they dry out and 
what's left is a water hole and [the dinosaurs] congregate 
there, and it keeps getting smaller, and they end up dying. 
You just keep on digging the holes deeper looking for the 
first dead." That was the end of Wes's lecture. 

Wes posed for photos with some of the geology students 
before they all climbed into their vans and rattled back 
down the orange road. He gave Tom and me directions to 
the highway, pointing us down a dirt path that led to the 
town of Worland and Route 16. "Don't stop in Worland 
though, there's nothing there," was his parting advice. Then 
he headed into the pit. 

On the ride north to Interstate 90, Tom and I agreed 
that Wes was the first person we'd met on our journey who 
seemed to be living our dream lives, doing what he loves 
and what he's good at, and supporting himself at it. We 
talked about how we might stay in Ten Sleep and do some- 
thing that allowed us to live as Wes lived, but we knew we 
couldn't. For us, there was driving left to do. ■ 

Matthew Morris currently makes highlight films of high school soccer 
games for parents whose children want to play the sport at the col- 
legiate level. He continues to look for full-time work. 

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the handsomely refurbished hilltop building on the Brighton Campus that is the new 
home of Boston College's one-year-old School of Theology and Ministry (STM). Among 
their number were 154 first-year students: graduates of 96 colleges and universities in 
30 states and 31 countries. In all, the school comprises 351 students (162 women and 
1 89 men, ages 2 1 to 74) and 27 faculty members. It is the first new professional school at 
Boston College since 1952, when the School of Education was founded. 

STM's academic mission is four-fold: to educate clerical 
students for the priesthood; to prepare teachers of theol- 
ogy; to train lay and religious students for jobs in such fields 

In the School of Theology and Ministry chapel, backed by a stained-glass 
Moses, are (from left): Hermann-Habib Kibangou, SJ, of the Republic of 
Congo; Jean Messingue, SJ, from Cameroon; Brian Banda, SJ, '09 from 
Zimbabwe; and Rwandan Dorothee Mukamurama (Sister Juvenal of the 
Benebikira Sisters). 

as pastoral counseling and religious education; and to oiler 
education to adult Catholics in secular professions who 
want to be better informed in their faith. These purposes 
draw STM's students toward 15 degree programs. 

Three existing institutions combined to create STM: The 
oldest is the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which was 
founded in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1922 as a graduate 
school that prepared men for the priesthood. The school 
moved to Cambridge in 1968 and in 1972 admitted its first 

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lay students on a non-ecclesiastical degree track. With the 
inclusion of Weston, STM constitutes one of six Jesuit eccle- 
siastical faculties in the United States. 

The second tributary in the formation of STM was the 
38-year-old Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral 
Ministry (IREPM). Created at Boston College initially as 
a summer institute for training priests and nuns, IREPM, 
by 1996, had a student body that was primarily lay. STM's 
master of arts in pastoral ministry degree program, which 
is an outgrowth of IREPM, offers, among other options, 
a concentration in church management and several dual 
master's degree programs with other Boston College pro- 
fessional schools leading to combined degrees in pastoral 
ministry and social work, counseling psychology, business 
administration, or nursing. 

C21 Online, a five-year-old program of non-degree 
remote education started at Boston College, is the third 
element of STM. It offers classes such as "Spirituality in 
the Second Half of Life," and "Teaching Religion" (the high 
school edition) that have drawn more than 11,000 partici- 
pants in more than 115 countries. 

Out of Africa 

Of the 68 international students enrolled in STM, 17 come 
from countries in Africa, including Cameroon, Republic of 
Congo, Guyana, Cote D'lvoire, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. 
Unlike many other international graduate students who 
come to this country, they arrive here with the purpose of 
returning to their native lands. 

The circuitous path of 34-year-old Hermann-Habib 
Kibangou, SJ, is characteristic. Kibangou left his family in 
the Republic of Congo at 16 to attend a nearby seminary, 
having read a story about Jesuits in Africa. "I wanted to be an 
intellectual; I wanted to know the world; the Jesuit was the 
man who could be sent anywhere in the world," he says. At 
1 9 he joined the Jesuits. He studied philosophy in the neigh- 
boring Democratic Republic of Congo, taught high school 
French in Chad, then went to Cameroon, where he earned 
an MA in anthropology and sociology. He later received 
a master of divinity (centering on Christian theology and 
tradition) in Spain. 

At STM, Kibangou is working toward a licentiate in 
sacred theology, the second of three degrees in the eccle- 
siastical degree cycle and the first that follows ordination. 
Coming from a country that is 60 percent Catholic, he says, 
makes him want to see "the Church and civil society work 
together to help us move ahead." 

Sister Juvenal, age 58, recently stepped down after 12 
years as the Mother General of the Benebikira Sisters in 
Rwanda. The Benebikira Sisters were founded in 1919 

as Rwanda's first indigenous religious order and last year 
received Pontifical Status, or official recognition, from the 
Vatican. They educate more than 5,000 children, mostly 
girls, and operate health clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and 

During the 1994 genocide, the Benebikira Sisters re- 
mained in Rwanda when many others fled. They lost 20 
sisters to the violence. But in the village of Save, the Sisters 
provided refuge for more than 350 people in their church 
for two and a half months. In the aftermath, says Sister 
Juvenal, "we had to rebuild the country, especially to rebuild 
the people and the society." Sister Juvenal's aim at STM is to 
pursue an MA in pastoral ministry with a focus on pastoral 
care and counseling. 


A distinguishing feature of STM is captured in its title: 
theology and ministry. According to Richard Clifford, SJ, 
the inaugural dean of STM, the combination of the "practi- 
cal and ecclesiastic perspective of Weston and the pastoral, 
lay ministry programs of IREPM [prepares students] to 
cope with a great deal of change in the future." 

The school's curriculum itself reflects significant changes 
in theological education during the past four decades. Until 
the early 1970s, Catholic education programs for the laity 
and vowed religious were kept separate and, in the case of 
the lay community, were scarce. According to associate pro- 
fessor Randall Sachs, SJ, who was academic dean at Weston 
Jesuit School of Theology, change occurred because more 
Catholic lay people began clamoring for ministry education 
"on a par with the training of priests," and because Jesuits 
came to believe it essential that they "study in collaboration 
with lay men and women." 

This year, the incoming students at STM are 65 percent 
lay, and 35 percent priests or members of a religious order. 
Classes throughout the school are open to all STM students 
(as are classes in the University's theology department). 
"You can have the same professor teaching the same mate- 
rial to 30 different people, each with a different reason for 
being there," says Sean Porter, assistant dean and director of 
STM admissions. 

The two-year master of arts in pastoral ministry program 
offers what Clifford calls "a practical theology, rooted in 
parish and diocesan life." In addition to church manage- 

Richard Clifford, SJ, dean of the School of Theology and Ministry (cen- 
ter), with Barbara Radtke, who came to STM by way of'C21 Online; 
Randall Sachs, SJ, (seated) of Weston Jesuit School of Theology; and 
Thomas Groome (right) of the Institute of Religious Education and 
Pastoral Ministry. 

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ment, one can study health care ministry, spirituality and 
justice, or liturgy and worship, among other subjects. In the 
words of Professor Thomas Groome, professor of theology 

A group of master of theological studies students, in STM's 225,000- 
volume library on the Brighton Campus (from left): James O'Sullivan, 
Edward Kendrick, Daniel Cosacchi, Julie O'Heir, Marina Pastrana '08, 
Erik Hesla, Karl LaClair, Brett Thatcher, and Christopher Harrigan. 

and religious education, who oversees the program, "theo- 
logical education, pastoral preparation, and spiritual forma- 
tion of lay ecclesial ministers is our raison d'etre." 

The five-year-old C21 Online, under the leadership ot 
Barbara Radtke, who holds a Ph.D. in theology, has as its 
mission the "ongoing formation of Catholic adults and par- 
ish volunteers," says Radtke, as well as the "professional 
development of Catholic schoolteachers and professional 



theran students. And international students enroll in STM 
at roughly twice the percentage of that at other Boston 
College professional schools. 

The many sides of theology 

STM defines its master of theological studies (MTS) as a 
two-year "disciplined course of study in Catholic theology." 
In a sense, this is Catholic theology for civilians, distinct 
from the three-year master of divinity program, which 
grounds students in the subject as preparation for clerical 
or lay ministry. In practice, the two programs often share 
course offerings. 

Second-year student Marina Pastrana '08 says she 
"always wanted to be a CEO." As an accounting major in 
the Carroll School of Management, she involved herself 
in service programs and volunteer work, leading trips to 
El Salvador, joining Arrupe missions, running Successful 
Start, the University's financial literacy program for Boston 
College students, and working for the Montserrat Coalition, 
an organization at Boston College whose goal is to provide 
low-income children with tickets to cultural events they 
couldn't otherwise attend. It's a situation the Mexican-born 
Pastrana recalls vividly from her undergraduate years. "I 
went through what those students went through. I remem- 
ber other BC students going downtown for dinner and 
thinking to myself, 'that would be nice.'" In the MTS pro- 
gram, she says she is acquiring a theological underpinning 
that she can take with her into the business world. "Whether 
you're in investments or real estate, it's important to give 
back to your community," she says. 

Pastrana's classmate Dan Cosacchi has a different goal: 
He was a theology major at Fordham University, and wants 
to become a theology professor. Cosacchi sees the interac- 
tions between lay and ordination-track students at STM 
as beneficial for the Church. In the future, he says, "It will 
be helpful for priests to know there is a depth to the laity, 
which they can draw on." Cosacchi will take all his fall 2010 
classes on the Chestnut Hill Campus. 

lay ministers." The curriculum currently offers 23 courses, 
including one — "La Muerte de Jesus: Cuatro Narrativas 
Evangelicas" — in Spanish. 

The curriculum of STM is accessible to students of all 
faiths, in keeping with the Ignatian tradition of being "open 
to the world," says Sachs. This year's entering STM stu- 
dents included Episcopal/Anglican, Methodist, Presby- 
terian, Unitarian Universalist, Baptist, Orthodox, and Lu- 

A woman's place 

Eleven female students are enrolled alongside 32 men in the 
master of divinity program, which is intended as training for 
priestly and lay ministry. 

Raised in Kansas, Rebecca Camacho '07 majored in 
theology and international studies at Boston College. She 
also rowed crew, participated in a hip-hop dance group, 
joined service programs, and studied in El Salvador. After 
graduation, she volunteered at Annunciation House, an 

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emergency immigrant shelter in El Paso, Texas, then taught 
freshman religion at the Jesuit Cristo Rey High School in 
New York City. Camacho enrolled at STM to pursue a dual 
graduate degree in pastoral ministry and social work. Out 
of a deepening interest in ministry education and faith for- 
mation, she transferred this fall into the master of divinity 
program. As a woman in a traditionally male subject area, 
Camacho feels certain tensions: "You have to deal with the 
reality that many of your classmates are going to go on to be 
ordained priests whereas you, although you have the same 
training and education, are not," she says. "And because 
many women are going into specifically ministerial or teach- 
ing roles outside of the priesthood, they may tend toward 
a more practical or pastoral theology. . . . Sometimes this 

opposite: Three of the women studying for a master of divinity degree, 
in the choir loft of the new chapel at 9 Lake (from left): Rebecca 
Camacho '07, Jocelyn Collen, and Jennifer Grieco. 

above: Faculty members Dominic Doyle (left) and Daniel Harrington, SJ, 
in a 9 Lake classroom. 

approach can clash with more traditional theological under- 
standings held by seminarians." 

In that sense, she says, STM is "a microcosm of the 
Church, and the world at large," and she believes the master 
of divinity degree will allow her to "understand more of 
what the seminarians are going through. I don't think I'm 
called to be a priest, but I do want to be able to articulate 
what this faith is and to have a grounding as rich and deep 
as it can be." After she receives her degree, Camacho would 
like to work in campus ministry. 

Camacho's classmate Ohio native Jen Grieco graduated 
from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001 with a degree in 
accounting, then spent a couple of years, in her words, "fly- 
ing around, trying to see where I fit in." She worked at the 
faith-based L'Arche community in Mobile, Alabama, help- 
ing developmentally disabled individuals. In 2007 Grieco 
enrolled at John Carroll University in Cleveland to pursue a 
degree in counseling but a year later transferred to STM to 
study for a dual master of divinity and master's in counseling 
psychology, because she feels "one cannot separate ministry 

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from a deep understanding and appreciation of psychol- 
ogy." Of the master of divinity degree, she notes that it will 
help in her "ecumenical work in the broader world. Also, 
I'm studying subjects 1 wouldn't initiate on my own, like 
canonical law." 

Like her two peers, Jocelyn Collen brings a background in 
service to STM. A 2005 graduate of Fairfield University, she 
spent a year volunteering at FrancisCorps, a Franciscan lay 
volunteer organization, followed by two years at Fairfield's 
Center for Faith and Public Life and the Center for Catholic 
Studies. She chose the master of divinity degree program 
because it was the "most complete degree I could achieve." 
Collen echoes Camacho and Grieco's desire to gain the 
same breadth and depth of knowledge as the seminarians. 
She says she does feel called to be ordained, but if that 
remains impossible, she'll work in the Church doing educa- 
tion and service work. 


Dominic Doyle, an assistant professor of systematic theol- 
ogy (the study of the integrated whole of Christian faith and 
tradition), is, at 37, the STM faculty's youngest member. 
Born in England of Irish parents, he received an under- 
graduate degree in theology and religious studies at the 
University of Cambridge, after which he spent two years 
teaching history and literature in Sri Lanka. In 1996, Doyle 
enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, earning a master of 
theological studies (and taking a course there from future 
STM professor Daniel Harrington, SJ, on the Gospel of 
Mark), before entering Boston College's doctoral program 
in theology. At Boston College, he began to study the writ- 
ings of Bernard Lonergan, SJ, the 20th-century theologian 
who wrote that "questions are our friends." Doyle thinks 
that theology should "leave room for perplexity," and he 
sees STM as "a space for people to explore the meaning of 
their ministry." Doyle's most recent book is entitled The 
Promise of Christian Humanism: Thomas Aquinas on Hope 
(Herder & Herder, forthcoming). His latest Twitter entry 
ran: "forgive me, twitter, it has been five months since my 
last tweet." 

New Testament scholar Daniel Harrington, SJ, age 75, 
was born in nearby Arlington, Massachusetts, and educated 
in Boston. He holds five degrees, including a 2009 honorary 
degree from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 
Near Eastern languages and literature. During his studies, 
he and Richard Clifford, SJ, current dean of STM, read the 

Ordination candidates in the main hallway adjacent to the chapel (from 
left): Elton Letang, C.Ss.R., Ernest Bedard, OFAA Cap, Christopher Duffy, 
SJ, Joel Medina, SJ, Aaron Pidel, SJ, and Richard Mattox, OFAA Cap. 

Hebrew Bible together. From 1972 to 2008 he was a profes- 
sor of New Testament at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. 
In addition to serving as editor of New Testament Abstracts, 
a research tool for scholars that annually synopsizes some 
2,100 articles and more than 800 books, Harrington is a 
prolific author. He doesn't know the exact number of his 
books, saying only that it is "more than 40." 

Ordination bound 

Three religious orders send their men to STM for pre- 
ordination theological studies: the Jesuits, Redemptorists, 
and Capuchins. STM offers two degrees that satisfy the 
Church's academic theological requirements for ordination: 
the bachelor of sacred theology (STB), which is the first 
canonical degree in the Church's ecclesiastical cycle of stud- 
ies; and the master of divinity, which in the United States is 
accepted in lieu of the STB. All 37 candidates for priesthood 
now studying at STM chose the master of divinity program. 
Demographically, the students from male religious orders 
break down into 54 Jesuits, eight Capuchins, and seven 

Among STM students, the course to ordination is rarely 
straight. Joel Medina, SJ, age 54, spent 20 years as a reg- 
istered nurse before joining the Jesuits. Richard Mattox, 
OFM Cap, age 40, was born in Lima, Peru, where he learned 
English from American nuns. At age 1 1 he moved with his 
family to Miami. Mattox earned a degree in sociology at 
Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, a Catholic school 
focused on educating missionaries, then spent five years in 
Japan teaching English to high school students. He joined 
the Jesuits but later felt called to the Capuchins and is now 
in his second year at STM. 

Another second-year student, Aaron Pidel, SJ, is, at age 
30, the youngest American Jesuit at STM. Raised in Augusta, 
Georgia, Pidel studied psychology at a local community col- 
lege and received a BA in humanities and Catholic culture 
from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, before 
joining the Society of Jesus in 2000. He then taught clas- 
sics at a Jesuit high school in New Orleans. Elton Letang, 
C.Ss.R., age 35, is a native of the Caribbean island of 
Dominica. He joined the missionary order of Redemptorists 
in 2004 and has since worked and studied in St. Croix, New 
York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. 

Forty-eight students are currently at STM pursuing 
advanced canonical degrees: 37 of these are studying for 
their licentiate in sacred theology, the second degree in the 
ecclesiastical cvcle; 1 1 seek a doctorate in sacred theology, 
the third and final degree. These programs prepare individu- 
als for teaching and for official work and leadership within 
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By Gene M. Heyman 

Debate over the causes of addiction has a long history. In the early 1 7th century, British clergy warned 
their congregations about the "disease" of alcoholism, which according to one cleric was "so epidemi- 
cal" that "all the Physicians in England know not how to stop it." The clergy called alcoholism a disease 
because they assumed their parishioners would not knowingly engage in self-destructive behavior. They 
had no medical evidence for their claim, and the public, as well as most of the medical world, took the 
alternate view that people got drunk because they liked to, not because they had to. 

Starting in the late 18th century, though, a number of 
doctors in the United States and England began calling self- 
destructive drug and alcohol use a disease. In America, this 
movement was initiated by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence and professor of medicine at 
the University of Pennsylvania, who, in his 1 785 "Inquiry 
into the Effects of Ardent Spirits on the Human Body and 
Mind" wrote that "drunkenness resembles certain heredi- 

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tary, family, and contagious diseases." More recently, Dr. 
W.D. Silkworth, a Manhattan physician and early sup- 
porter of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, proposed in 
his preface to the 1939 volume, Alcoholics Anonymous, the 
program's basic text, that alcoholics have an "allergy." The 
allergen is alcohol, and the allergic reaction is loss of control 
over drinking. One drink leads to another, which leads to 
another, just as ragweed pollen initiates a fit of sneezing. 

Today, reams of clinical texts and articles in medical 
journals refer to addiction as a chronic, relapsing illness that 

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should be classified with diseases such as Alzheimer's and 
Type 2 diabetes. This perspective was captured in a 2003 
comment delivered at the world's foremost conference on 
addiction research, sponsored by the National Institute on 
Drug Abuse (NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of 
Health). Speaking from the floor, a much-published special- 
ist in the field stated that addiction is a disease "because it 
has a genetic basis, and we do not choose our genes." 

The remark expresses a widely held idea: If an activity 
has a genetic basis, it is not voluntary. There is an intuitive 
appeal in this claim. But is it true? Aren't there activities we 
engage in that are voluntary and have a genetic component? 
If so, far from being beyond control, addiction may be a 
voluntary act. 


etics in addiction has focused on alco- 
holics because it is easier to conduct 
multigenerational studies when the 
drug in question is legal. The funda- 
mental finding has been that alcohol- 
ism runs in families, even when the 
family members do not live together. 
Dr. Robert Cloninger of Washington 
University Medical School in St. Louis 
led a project, reported in 1987, that 
illustrates this point. The research was 
carried out in Sweden, a country in 
which adoption is not uncommon and 
where the medical histories of biolog- 
ical and nonbiological parents are a 
matter of record. 

Cloninger studied 1,700 men who 
had been given up for adoption at an 
average age of four months. He found 
that the rates of alcoholism among 
individuals whose biological fathers 
were "severe" alcoholics were nearly 
identical regardless of whether their 
adoptive father was an alcoholic or a teetotaler (18 versus 
1 7 percent). In other words, if the biological father was a 
severe alcoholic, the drinking behavior of the adopting par- 
ent did not matter. 

Genetic studies of illicit drug users yield similar find- 
ings. In a representative analysis from 2000, Dr. Kenneth 
Kendler and his colleagues at the Medical College of 
Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University tabulated 
the correlations in illegal drug use and illegal drug addiction 
for fraternal and identical twins. Their hypothesis was that 
if a genetic basis for addiction existed, the actions of identi- 
cal twins would be more alike than those of fraternal twins. 
The results for casual, nonaddictive drug use showed little 


studies show 

that most ding 

addicts quit 

hy about age 30, 

without the 


of clinical 


difference between identical and fraternal twins. If one twin 
had experimented with an illicit drug, there was about a 75 
percent chance the other had done so. But the numbers for 
drug addiction were markedly different. If one fraternal 
twin was dependent on drugs, there was only about a 25 
percent chance that his twin was also dependent; whereas, 
if one identical twin was dependent, there was a 40 percent 
chance that his identical brother was also dependent. 

Studies such as these leave little doubt that genes play 
an important role in the etiology of addiction. But they also 
suggest that genes may not play the leading role. It's worth 
noting that the correlation for addiction among identi- 
cal twins in the Virginia study was far from 100 percent, 

and that fewer than 20 percent of the 
biological sons of serious alcoholics 
= in the Swedish survey became alcohol- 

ics, even if their adoptive fathers were 
alcoholics. The pathway from DNA 
to addiction appears to be indirect, 
with genes programming proteins that 
affect the probability of addiction rath- 
er than ensuring a particular outcome. 
If this is so, then genes do not preclude 


Addams (creator of the Addams 
Family) once published a cartoon of 
identical twins separated at birth who 
encounter each other in the waiting 
room of a patent attorney. Dressed 
alike (down to the pens in their pock- 
et protectors), they hold on their laps 
identical gizmos. In recent years, 
researchers have focused on the notion 
that interests, occupations, and even 
personal idiosyncrasies run in families, 
and that genes play an important role. 
They've examined, for instance, the 
function of heredity in social attitudes, such as support for 
the death penalty and whether women should have nondo- 
mestic professions. One of the most interesting studies, car- 
ried out in 1990 by University of Minnesota professor Neils 
Waller and associates and reported in Psychological Science, 
evaluated the role of genes in the religious beliefs of twins. 

The twins studied by Waller were all separated in their 
first year and grew up in different families. Questionnaires 
gathered their views about the nature of God, the literal 
accuracy of biblical stories, and the role of prayer in their 
lives. Fraternal twins agreed at about a chance level while 
identical twins agreed with significant — though not total — 
consistency. These results do not stand alone. There are 


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manv studies on the heritabilitv oi' attitudes and beliefs, 
and they typically show that beliefs reflect genetic as well 
as societal influences. The same is true for other interests. 
Stories of precociously talented musicians, for example, 
suggest that genetic endowment affects musical ability. Yet 
a career in music also depends on environmental influences 
and manv choices — the musical program at one's school, 
for example, and the teachers one selects — plus some luck. 
In short, genes play a role in what ultimately amounts to 
voluntary behavior. 

The picture is similar with drug addiction. Large-scale 
population studies, intensive neighborhood studies, and 
one-on-one interviews all reveal that familiar motivations — 
a wish for more respect from family members, worry about 
finances, the desire to be free of the hassles that accompany 
illegal activitv — eventually persuade most drug addicts to 
quit. Epidemiological studies show that most drug addicts 
quit by about age 30, without the assistance of clinical inter- 
vention. By contrast, personal, financial, and legal concerns 
have little or no direct influence on the symptoms of schizo- 
phrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and other true brain diseases. 
Worries about job security do not halt a schizophrenic's hal- 
lucinations, but the record shows that a threat to job security 
often bring addicts' drug use to a stop. 

Not all addicts quit, to be sure. Life's complications lead 
to different choices by different people. However, individ- 
ual differences notwithstanding, the major epidemiological 
surveys show that addiction has the highest recovery rate of 
any psychiatric disorder. 


addiction-as-disease notion springs from technological 
advances in studying the structure and function of the brain. 
It is now possible with magnetic resonance imaging to 
observe the brain as it experiences emotions, say, or com- 
mits a fact to memory, or makes a decision to take a drug. 
The drug-related studies have shed new light on how drugs 
work and in recent years have become the primary pillar 
supporting claims that addiction is a disease. Alan Leshner, 
director of NIDA from 1994 until 2001, put the case most 
succinctly in a 1997 paper in Science: "That addiction is tied 
to changes in brain structure and function is what makes it, 
fundamentally, a brain disease." Glen Hanson, Leshner's 
successor at NIDA, makes the same point in slightly differ- 
ent words: "Addiction comes about as a result of the long- 
lasting effects of drugs on brain function. Therefore we say 
it is a brain disease." 

Hundreds of experimental reports published during the 
last decade or so validate the idea that drugs alter the 
brain. This makes sense. Drugs change behavior, mood, and 
thought; the brain is the organ controlling these actions; 
hence drugs change the brain. Indeed, given our biological 

nature, all factors influencing behavior do so by altering the 
brain. The research supporting this logic helps explain why 
addicts can have such high recovery rates. 

A study on brain plasticity and obsessive-compulsive 
disorder (OCD) is revealing. Individuals with OCD are 
plagued by disturbing thoughts. They find temporary relief 
by engaging in ritualized behaviors that address their obses- 
sions. For example, the idea that one's hands are swarming 
with infectious bacteria can be relieved by washing. But then 
the thought returns, and with it the motivation to wash one's 
hands. Therapists have developed behavioral and cognitive 
techniques that help OCD patients ignore their disturbing 
thoughts. Follow-up studies show that these techniques 
are effective. This implies that the techniques must have 
changed the brain. A 1 998 study by Jeffrey Schwartz, a psy- 
chiatrist at UCLA's Semel Institute who specializes in OCD 
treatment, confirmed this inference. 

Schwartz and his colleagues trained OCD patients to 
disregard their obsessive thoughts. This led to a marked 
reduction in compulsive rituals and also in the intrusive 
thoughts. The researchers measured neural activity in areas 
of the brain associated with OCD symptoms. For those 
patients who learned to ignore their obsessions, activity lev- 
els in the critical brain areas were similar to those of OCD- 
free control subjects. (Drugs that help ameliorate compul- 
sive behavior produced similar changes in brain activity.) 
Summarizing these findings, Schwartz writes: "Change 
your behavior, change your brain." This comment captures 
the dynamic quality of brain and behavior interactions, but 
it leaves out the clinicians and their contribution. They gave 
their patients encouragement and techniques for replacing 
compulsions with less disruptive activities. A more accurate 
summary of the OCD treatment results is: "Change the con- 
ditions, change your behavior, change your brain." 

If OCD patients can learn to dismiss their disturbing 
thoughts, then it seems reasonable to sugest that similar 
processes are taking place when motivated addicts learn to 
ignore drug cravings. Ex-addicts often report that they dis- 
covered techniques for not giving in to their cravings, such 
as going to the gym or reminding themselves that they quit 
their addiction for a good reason. Just as genetic influences 
do not imply a disease state, drug-induced brain change is 
not a sufficient sign of disease. Drugs alter the brain, but the 
evidence shows that they do not do so in ways that prevent 
addicts from quitting. ■ 

Gene AA. Heyman is an adjunct associate professor of psychology 
at Boston Coilege. He also has appointments at McLean Hospital 
and Harvard Medical School. His essay is drawn and adapted from 
Addiction: A Disorder of Choice (copyright © 2009 by the President and 
Fellows of Harvard College), by arrangement with Harvard University 
Press. The book may be ordered from the Boston College Bookstore at 
a discount via 

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38 Delivery system 

In Harlem, the singular 
methods of a Catholic high 
school principal 

42 Who is that, who walks 
beside you? 

For the poet, words are an act 
of faith 

Delivery system 

By Patrick J. McCloskey 

In Harlem, the singular methods of a Catholic high school principal 

strides into the cafeteria of Rice 
High School at Lenox Avenue and 1 24th 
Street, New York City, to address the 
new students at their orientation. Rice is 
a Christian Brothers school, named for 
Blessed Edmund Rice, who founded the 
order in Ireland at the beginning of the 
19th century to teach children of the poor. 
The order's legacy now includes educat- 
ing some portion of the mostly black and 
Latino students of Harlem. 

Gober is neither a priest nor a brother. 
His pumpkin-hued suit, black shirt, and 
rust-tinted tie attract attention. The orange 
tones vibrate warmly against his dark 
brown skin, and he exudes confidence 
and strength. Gober knows his presence 
can be intimidating, which is useful in 
establishing leadership, but he also wants 
the young men to feel welcome. He smiles 
expansively. It is Wednesday, September 

8, 1999, and at 8:28 a.m., he will take 
charge of their high school careers as both 
school administrator and father figure. 

Gober's suit has been tailored to fall 
gracefully over his six-foot two-inch 
frame. He weighs 250 pounds, with a 
slight thickening at his midsection, but 
otherwise looks fit for a 46-year-old. He 
projects a robust, invincible energy and 
moves with studied ease, although not 
with the grace of a natural athlete. Gober 
is buoyed by the righteous pride of a 
chief elder. 

To ensure that his entrance would be 
dramatic, Gober had kept the door to his 
office off the school's foyer closed. For 
this first morning of the school year and 
only this one time, he avoided socializing 
with students and answering questions 
from the many parents who accompanied 
their ninth graders to school to take care 
of tuition payments. Better to sweep into 


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Rice seniors on May 26, 2000, before their graduation march into St. Patrick's Cathedral 

the assembly as if from a higher dimen- 
sion, to establish that he is the general in 
"the war against the culture of academic 
failure," as he says. Few of Rice's arriving 
students perform at grade level in all their 
subject areas. 


eyes are riveted on the principal as he 
approaches the podium. The ninth graders, 
together with eight new upperclassmen, 
sit in complete silence on plastic molded 
chairs, in rows forming three sides of 
a rectangle around six-inch risers that 
here function as a stage. Five pillars run 
down the center of the room holding the 
acoustic tiled ceiling at dunking distance 
above the green and black tiled floor. The 
students sway in their seats, as if rocked 
gently by the breeze slipping through clat- 
tering vertical blinds from 1 24th Street. 
Most of the young men wear their hair 

shorn nearly to the scalp, and all appear 
exceptionally well groomed. Rice students 
are allowed to wear their hair as they 
choose, within reason. Typically, close- 
cropped styles dominate in September. 
By spring, a third of the students have hair 
long enough for braids or an Afro. 

Gober steps onto the stage without 
notes to address Rice's largest freshman 
class in more than a decade, trusting that 
God will inspire the right words to flow 
from his mouth. "You are going to learn 
how to empower yourself, how to take 
charge of your own education," he begins 
softly. It is a message the new students will 
hear daily in various versions until it seeps 
into their dreams at night. 

"You'll make the decision to be an A 
student, or a B student, or worse," he con- 
tinues. "You — not your parents or your 
teachers." Young minority males who have 
never seen a black man in a position of real 

authority lean forward to listen. The idea 
of being responsible for oneself and fulfill- 
ing that charge is new and scarv. Many 
of them have attended low-functioning 
public schools since kindergarten. When 
asked by a reporter later to describe their 
educational experiences, a few recount 
using cell phones to talk to friends on the 
other side of a classroom, because it was 
too noisy to shout. 

Gober rubs a hand over his wiry black 
hair, trimmed short and sculpted as if to 
square the roundness of his head. Behind 
aviator-style glasses, his eyes shine as 
he launches into an explanation of his 
academic expectations: The passing grade 
is 70 percent, he says, but that's merely 
a minimum requirement at Rice. Each 
student here, he emphasizes, can make the 
honor roll. 

Two-thirds of the students inhale 
at once. This is a moment of challenge. 

photograph: Tamara Beckwith 

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Christian Brother William Sherlog teaches humanities to Rice juniors on February 14, 2000. 

Many of the freshmen scored low enough 
on Rice's entrance exam that they were 
required to attend a summer readiness 
program — five weeks of remedial math 
and English classes. They know that their 
new school makes real academic demands. 

Although the majority of freshmen 
enter with academic deficiencies, Rice 
accepts few who score below the fifth- 
grade level on entrance tests. Urban 
Catholic high schools don't have the 
resources to remediate students approach- 
ing functional illiteracy. By contrast, so- 
called zoned public high schools, which 
are obliged to register students living 
within their geographic range, must accept 
such youngsters. This accounts for some 
of the difference in outcomes — the higher 
graduation rates in Catholic high schools, 
for instance. But the public system also' 
has much more funding and personnel 
dedicated to educating those students who 
lag far behind. 


city Catholic elementary schools aren't 
necessarily more prepared than public 
school students for high school work. 
Many children transfer in and out of these 
schools, depending on their parents' ability 
to pay tuition at any given time. Moreover, 
urban Catholic elementary tuitions are 
kept so low that these schools generally 
spend one-fifth what their public coun- 

terparts lay out per student, sometimes 
pushing the no-frills approach beyond its 
effective limit. 

Gober promises the young men that 
their teachers will show them how to suc- 
ceed, and that he is always available to 
discuss academic problems and arrange 
tutoring. He addresses any lingering 
doubts with the assurance that "all we 
have to do is call upon the presence ol 
God; I can do all things through Christ 
who strengthens me." 

He pronounces "strengthens" in a stir- 
ring crescendo, and for a moment it seems 
that the students will respond by breaking 
into a chorus of "Aniens." Gober grew up 
in a Lutheran congregation, joined several 
evangelical churches, and then became 
Catholic after signing on with Rice as dean 
of students six years ago. The preacher in 
his bones has taken little notice of his lat- 
est conversion. 

On his jacket's left lapel, Gober wears 
two buttons. One reads "Rice Men, 
You Are Worthy. Believe It." The other 
shows the letter "N" struck through with 
a red line. Gober's first campaign when 
he arrived at Rice was to ban the word 
"nigger" from the building. At first, the 
students had trouble understanding why, 
since they heard the word used often in 
the street, and sometimes at home. The 
N-word hasn't disappeared completely 
from the students' vocabulary, but it is 

seldom uttered within the school walls and 
never in a teacher's presence. As a result, 
says Gober, there's been a noticeable 
improvement in the camaraderie and civil- 
ity among students. 

As Gober stands on Rice's little stage, 
about a dozen black men seem to peer 
over his shoulders from various angles, 
as if trying to communicate with the new 
students, too. They are the patron saints 
of the civil rights movement: Frederick 
Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, 
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, 
and so on. Their portraits float on white 
clouds in a blue sky, part of a 45-foot 
mural painted by a local artist and paid for 
by the class of 1992. Most freshmen don't 
know who these men are. They might have 
heard names like Booker T. Washington 
and W. E. B. DuBois at their grade schools 
during Black History Month, but they 
have little curiosity about older black 
males. For some, the presence of a father 
in their lives is a question mark; for others, 
it's a drawn-out ellipsis. 

Gober ends his talk by presenting each 
student with a Bic pen as a welcoming gift. 
All the pens have been engraved with a 
favorite slogan of his, either "Attitude Is 
Everything" or "Believe and Succeed." A 
few have something extra. 

"Does any student have masking tape 
on his pen?" Gober asks. 

Three young men rise tentatively to 
their feet, unsure of whether this bodes 
well for them. 

"On Monday, you'll get a free lunch on 
me," the principal announces. 

A loud "Oooohhhhh!" rolls around the 
cafeteria as the three students smile broad- 
ly. In 1993, when Gober became dean, 
he instituted rewards for good behavior 
after realizing that many students got into 
trouble partly because detentions and 
"talkings-to" brought them the attention 
they ached for. Now there's a behavior 
honor roll, a Student of the Month Award 
for each grade, a "Goodfinders" list for 
students who turn in lost property, and 
a bulletin board honoring "Responsible 
Men." After every marking period, Gober 
throws pizza parties or shows movies to 
reward good grades and positive conduct. 
This year, he hopes to extend the practice 
to random groupings of students, as a way 
of "affirming each one's intrinsic value," 


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he savs, and encouraging positive feelings 
about the school. 

Gober smiles to signal the end of what 
amounts to his induction ceremony. He 
has effectively adopted the new students 
as Rice Men and sons. Now they file 
toward the stairwell and their assigned 
classrooms holding their pens in their 
fists like wizard's wands — which perhaps 
they are. Writing instruments are history's 
most transformative invention, and learn- 
ing to use one properly will profoundly 
change the lives of these young men. 

The stakes are high. If a young man 
stays four vears at Rice, he will graduate 
and be accepted into college, or perhaps 
choose a career in the military. If he does 
even reasonably well, overt or subtle 
forms of affirmative action — together 
with need-based financial aid — will make 
it feasible for him to attend college. On 
the other hand, if a young man leaves 
Rice, he will almost certainly attend a low- 
performing public high school where less 
than a third of students graduate and only 
a few go on to post-secondary schooling. 


office. He is pleased he was able to com- 
mand the attention of 14- and 15-year- 
olds for almost half an hour — no small 
feat given their predilection for fast-paced 
video games. He pads across the worn 
industrial carpet to his desk against the 
wall, complaining about the stuffy office 
with its one, narrow window. The princi- 
pal could install himself more comfortably 
in an office one flight up, on the second 
floor, but here it is easy for students to 
flow in and out. And they do, from early 
morning into the evening. 

Gober long ago resolved not to waste 
time on what he considers pointless dis- 
cussions, and one parent now finds that 
out. There is a knock at the door. Gober 
rises, with noticeable effort, and directs 
the mother of a prospective sophomore to 
the couch along the wall opposite his desk. 
He asks her why she wants her son to 
attend Rice. The woman responds with a 
lengthy monologue about violence in pub- 
lic schools. Gober asks about the young 
man's grades. The mother apologizes for 
her son's mediocre performance, blaming 
it on gang activity. 

"We've been talking for 20 minutes 

now," Gober finally says with obvious exas- 
peration, "and you haven't asked one ques- 
tion about our academic program. I know 
safety's an important concern these days, 
but Rice High School was not built for 
the sole purpose of protecting your son." 

Gober pauses to give the mother a 
chance to respond, but she's dumbfound- 
ed. "I'm not going to waste your money," 
he continues. "Clearly, Rice is not the right 
school for your son. You need to get your 
priorities in order before enrolling him 
here." The woman's face registers dismay 
and she begins to protest. Gober stands 
and directs her curtly back to the foyer, 
then closes the door sharply behind her. 

Last year, Gober became the first 
African American to head this or any 
of the 18 Christian Brothers academies 
in the country. In fact, Gober is the first 
black high school principal in the Roman 
Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which 
includes Manhattan, Staten Island, and the 
Bronx in New York City and seven coun- 
ties extending north to the foothills of the 
Catskill Mountains — 2.5 million Catholics 
in 402 parishes. 

As recently as the early 1960s, 36 
percent of New York City's school-age 
children attended parochial schools. In 
a way, the academic success of those 
schools contributed to the difficulties 
they now lace. As Catholics became more 
affluent, they tended to move out of the 
parish-centered urban villages where their 
schools had been built. At about the same 
time, for entirely different reasons relating 
to changes in Catholic culture, the ranks 
of nuns, brothers, and priests thinned dra- 
matically. The proportion of religious staff 
at Catholic schools has plummeted from 
an overall high of 96 percent to 4 percent. 
At this writing, the Christian Brothers 
do not have a novice in training in all of 
North and South America. This matters 
partly because lay teachers must be paid 
many times more than the religious they 
replace, and school costs have spiraled. 
Rice's tuition was $400 in 1963; in 1999, 
Gober's seventh year at the high school, it 
was $3,550; in 2009 it is $5,750. 

African Americans, who for the most 
part are not Catholic, were long uninter- 
ested in sending their children to parochial 
schools, since many urban public schools 
remained viable into the 1980s. The need 

for alternatives has increased since then. 
Recent figures show blacks accounting 
for 7.6 percent of Catholic school enroll- 
ment, and that 14.9 percent of parochial 
students identify as non-Catholic. 

Recent years have seen waves of 
Catholic school closings, as diocese and 
religious orders can no longer support 
their financial deficits. Sadlv, the institu- 
tions most vulnerable to closing are the 
ones serving the most vulnerable popula- 
tions. Almost 45 percent of all Catholic 
schools are still located in urban areas. 


hallway between the main office and the 
stairs down to the front door. He shakes 
hands with his students as they're dis- 
missed. Some take his hand and pump 
vigorously, while others seem confused bv 
the gesture. Gober doesn't know all their 
faces yet. The variations in size and physi- 
cal maturity are striking. One appears 
prepubescent while the next looks almost 
like a man. Regardless, Gober has con- 
ferred Rice Man status on them all. 

An incident this morning affirms that, 
given an opportunity, the students will 
honor the Rice tradition. A freshman left 
his Walkman under his chair in the cafete- 
ria when he went upstairs after the orien- 
tation. A classmate found the Walkman 
and brought it to the school office to 
become the year's first "Goodfinder." 

Directly behind Gober, and rising 
about' six inches above him, is a large 
statue of Blessed Edmund Rice, set on a 
pedestal. The shiny white plaster repre- 
sentation looms over the principal like 
a guardian angel. A new student pauses 
with a question. Why, he asks Gober, was 
the school named after a type of food? 
The principal laughs loudlv and makes a 
mental note to have the freshman religion 
teacher clarify the point, a 

Patrick J. McCioskey has written for the New 
York Times, City Journal, and other publica- 
tions. His essay was drawn and adapted 
from The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catho- 
lic High School in Harlem (© 2008 by Patrick 
J. McCioskey), by arrangement with the 
University of California Press. McCioskey 
spoke at the Lynch School's Center for Cath- 
olic Education on October 29. His book may 
be ordered at a discount from the Boston 
College Bookstore, via 

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The Bethany Road, depicted by Henry Ossawa Tanner around 1905 

Who is that, who 
walks beside you? 

By Paul Mariani 

For the poet, words are an act of faith 

The Waste Land that has stayed with 
me for over 50 years now. It is a dream- 
like moment in a dreamlike poem, where 
what is real and what is a mere fiction of 
the imagination cross and re-cross the 
mind's eye as if at the corner of one's sight. 

The passage occurs in the last section 
of the poem, the part Eliot composed 
while recovering from a nervous break- 
down in an asylum in Geneva, Switzer- 
land, in the winter of 1921-22. A father 
recently dead ("those are pearls that were 
his eyes"), the poet's marriage to the viva- 
cious, unstable Vivien on the rocks, Eliot's 
search for something substantial or even 
consubstantial that would hold up against 
the splintering fragments of contempo- 
rary civilization — all of these the poem 
records. But also more: water for the 
thirsty seeker. 

"If there were water," Eliot's indeter- 
minate ghost-self sighs, 

If there were water 

And no rock 

If there were rock 

And also water 

And water 

A spring 

A pool among the rock 

If there were the sound of water only 

Not the cicada 

And dry grass singing 

But sound of water over a rock 

Where the hermit-thrush sings in the 

pine trees 
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop. 

Where he finds himself now, in the 
arid wasteland of the self, "there is no 
water." Only desert, and a cold one at 
that, and the fevered mind, moving to 

and fro between two worlds, begins to 

The passage, Eliot the pilgrim tells 
us in one of his famous footnotes, was 
"stimulated by the account of one of the 
Antarctic expeditions." He can't remem- 
ber which, he says, but thinks it was "one 
of Shackleton's." As Eliot recollects it, 
"the party of explorers, at the extremity of 
their strength, had the constant delusion 
that there was one more member than could 
actually be counted." 

The source is indeed Sir Ernest 
Shackleton, whose memoir of the polar 
expedition undertaken at the height of 
World War I recounts a grueling march 
"of 36 hours over the unnamed mountains 
and glaciers of South Georgia," when it 
seemed to him "that we were four, not 
three." Here is how Eliot reconfigures 
that scene in the final section of The Waste 
Land, cutting the number of travelers from 
three to two, expanded inexplicably by the 
hooded stranger at their side in the har- 
rowing moment: 

Who is the third who walks always 

beside you? 
When I count, there are only you and 

I together 
But when I look ahead up the white 

There is always another one walking 

beside you 
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, 

I do not know whether a man or a 

— But who is that on the other side 


Anyone who has read Luke's Gospel 
knows what this passage echoes, as 
undoubtedly it was meant to do: The scene 
takes place on that first Easter Sunday, 
when two of Christ's downtrodden disci- 
ples are on the road to a village some seven 
miles from Jerusalem. "They were talking 
with each other about everything that had 
happened," Luke tells us — the surprise cap- 
ture of Jesus in the garden, his rushed trial 
and execution by crucifixion outside the 
city walls. The Jewish and Roman authori- 
ties had done away with this troublesome, 
charismatic figure, and his disciples had 
scattered like shot dogs in a field. 

Suddenly, while they are discussing 

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these catastrophic events, Jesus is there, 
\\ alking with them, three now, where a 
moment before there seemed to be only 


two, though — as Luke tells us — "they were 
kept from recognizing him." 

The figure asks the two pilgrims what 
it is they are discussing. "They stood still," 
Luke says, "their faces downcast. One of 
them, named Cleopas, asked him, 'Are 
you only a yisitor to Jerusalem and do not 
know the things that have happened there 
in these days?'" 

"What things?" the figure asks. 

"About Jesus of Nazareth," they reply. 
And they tell him of the last few days ("we 
had hoped that he was the one who was 
going to redeem Israel"), not leaving out 
how the women disciples had gone to the 
tomb and found it empty. 

Jesus listens, then chides them for not 
taking to heart the words of the prophets 
who went before: "Did not the Christ have 
to suffer these things and then enter his 
glory?" Then, according to Luke, he went 

o J o 

on to explain to them "what was said in all 
the Scriptures concerning himself." 

With darkness coming on, the figure 
agrees to stay with the two for the night 
at their invitation, and Luke's narrative 

When he was at the table with them, 
he took bread, gave thanks, broke it 
and began to give it to them. Then 
their eyes were opened and they 
recognized him, and he disappeared 
from their sight. . . . They got up and 
returned at once to Jerusalem. There 
they found the Eleven and . . . told 
what had happened on the way, and 
how they recognized Jesus in the 
breaking of the bread. 

In the breaking of the bread. Luke's pas- 
sage always stirs me, because it contains 
in outline the essentials of the Mass. 
"And beginning with Moses and all the 
Prophets," Luke writes, "Jesus explained 
to them what was said in all the Scriptures 
concerning himself." There we have the 
first part of the Mass: readings from the 
Old and New Testament and the Psalms, 
followed in turn by words of encourage- 
ment, and then the incredible gift of the 
breaking of the bread, as Christ's very 
self — his body and his blood — is shared by 
the entire faith community. 

For me, as for others, from Robert 
Southwell and Gerard Manley Hopkins 
to G.K. Chesterton and David Jones to 
Eliot himself and Robert Lowell and John 
Berryman and Denise Levertov and Ron 
Hansen and Franz Wright and Marv Karr, 
this story of the one who walks beside us 
has been at the center ol what we believe, 
and why we write as we do. It is the core, 
the central brotherhood and sisterhood, if 
you will, the lens of companionship. Com 
pan. The word at its root means those with 
whom we would share our bread, which 
includes, finally, whoever approaches the 

There are really two activities that I 
can point to over a lifetime of teaching 
and writing, and they are intertwined: the 
word and that toward which the word 
aims — the deeper reality within appear- 

ances. Or, as Hopkins has said, the inscape 
of the thing. Call it the sacramental aspect 
of things, the sense that the Mystery 
hovers over all, illumines things, shines 
through them. Even more, that Christ 
plays — as Hopkins says — in 10,000 faces 
not his. A hundred blessings a day to 
count, Jewish tradition has it. 

Points of light, grace notes, lumina- 
tions, call them what you will. ■ 

Paul Mariani is the University Professor of 
English and the author of five biographies, 
including Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life 
(2008). He has published six volumes of 
poetry, among them Death & Transfigura- 
tions (2005). His essay is drawn from a talk 
he gave on October 6, part of the "Art of 
Believing" series sponsored by the Church in 
the 21st Century Center. It may be viewed in 
full at 

Coming events 

December 1 » Catholic Renewal and Reform: Four Decades Sharing in the 
Jesuit Mission in Higher Education 

Historian David O'Brien began teaching Roman Catholic studies at the College of 
the Holy Cross in 1969; this year, he joined the faculty of the University of Dayton. 
He will discuss lessons learned during 40 years working with the Society of Jesus in 
higher education. 

December 2 » Advent Series at the BC Club 

A talk by James Fleming, SJ, of Boston College's Office of Mission and Ministry, on 
the office's biannual survey of fourth-year students. 

December 2 » Unwrapping Faith for Our Children: Helping the Young 
Challenge Consumerism 

A discussion on developing children's faith in a consumer-oriented society. The 
speakers will be Mary M. Doyle Roche, assistant professor of religious studies at the 
College of the Holy Cross, and Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College 
and the author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer 
Culture (2004). 

December 9 » Advent Series at the BC Club 

Todd Kenny, SJ, will share the newness of his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. 
Kenny is working toward a licentiate in sacred theology degree at Boston College's 
School of Theology and Ministry. He graduated from Boston College in 1995 with a 
major in environmental science. 

December 16 » Advent Series at the BC Club 

John Wronski, SJ, headmaster of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, will give a 
talk on the school's programs. 

For details of these and other events, consult the Church in the 21st Century 
Center's website at 

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45 Red ink 

After the revolution, Trotsky's 
fight to save Russian literature 

46 What if? 

The McKinleys visit Buffalo 

48 Tikkun 

A poem 

49 Abstracts 

Recent faculty writings 





These three pieces, shown at actual size, span roughly 27 centuries. The youngest is the 
papyrus fragment, at left, which dates to 300-600 a.d. The two lines of text (there are 
six more on the back) are Coptic, the first Egyptian writing system to denote vowels. The 
scarab, at bottom, is lapis lazuli and dates from the New Kingdom of Egypt, circa 1550- 
1070 B.C. The Mesopotamian clay tablet (upper right) is from the third dynasty of Ur, 
2100-2000 B.C., and is the oldest item in the Burns collections. It depicts a field and is 
inscribed with 13 lines of Sumerian cuneiform script— the earliest known writing system. 

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Trotsky, circa 1922 


By Bertrand M. Patenaude "11 

After the revolution, Trotsky's fight to save Russian literature 

Trotsky (1879-1940) confessed he was never more than 
a dilettante. On the subject of literature, however, he could claim 
to be an authority. In the years following the 1917 Russian 
Revolution, Trotsky became Soviet Russia's most influential liter- 
ary critic and, despite numerous and powerful foes — Joseph Stalin 
chief among them — its most effective advocate of freedom in all 
of the arts. 

Trotsky began writing literary criticism in 1900 in the midst of 
a two-year exile in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, imposed by the 
czarist government for his role as a member of the South Russia 
Workers' Union. While in exile, he became a regular contributor 
to the Irkutsk paper Eastern Review. The young radical stood up for 
literary tradition. In an appreciative essay devoted to Nikolai 
Gogol in 1902, on the 50th anniversary of the writer's death, 
Trotsky defended the author of Dead Souls from fellow radicals 

who found Gogol's social criticism too timid. When all was said 
and done, Trotsky argued, Gogol was the "father of Russian com- 
edy and the Russian novel," the first "truly national writer." 

"The novel is our daily bread," Trotsky once remarked. He 
had a strong preference for realist works — the French novelists 
Honore de Balzac and Emile Zola were among his favorites. Only 
socially conscious literature truly satisfied him. In two early essays 
about Leo Tolstoy, he praised the novelist's prodigious talent for 
invoking character and atmosphere — his "miracle of reincarna- 
tion" — but scorned the author's focus on a world of aristocrats and 
peasants, as well as his flights into religion. 

In the first decade of Bolshevik power, Trotsky's reputation for 
tolerance in the arts left him vulnerable to charges of encourag- 
ing bourgeois individualism and spreading defeatism on the cul- 
tural front. The idea of a proletarian culture was in vogue among 
writers and radical theorists in Moscow and Petrograd (now St. 

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Petersburg). An influential movement called Proletcult argued 
that prerevolutionary art and literature belonged in history's 
dustbin along with the former ruling classes, replaced by proletar- 
ian art untainted by bourgeois influences. Lenin, the leader of the 
Bolshevik Revolution, whose personal taste in art was conserva- 
tive — he enjoyed the works of Chekov, Pushkin, and Turgenev — 
resisted Proletcult's agenda. 

Trotsky's major contribution to this battle over the future 
course of Soviet culture was Literature and Revolution, a volume of 
literary criticism published in 1924. The book's principal theme 
was the indispensability of tradition, even in the homeland of com- 
munism. "We Marxists have always lived in tradition," Trotsky 
argued, "and we have not ceased to be revolutionaries because of 
it." He opposed the notion that art and literature of past epochs 
reflected merely the economic interests of now-vanquished social 
classes. Great art, he declared, was timeless and classless. The 
proletariat's rule, too, he said, would be brief and transitory, giving 
way to a classless socialist society and a universal culture. 

At the moment, however, the Russian worker was a cultural 
pauper, in Trotsky's estimation. The proletariat's immediate chal- 

lenge was not to break with literary tradition but rather to absorb 
and assimilate it, starting with the classics. "What the worker will 
take from Shakespeare, Goethe, Pushkin, or Dostoevsky," he 
wrote, "will be a more complex idea of human personality, of its 
passions and feelings, a deeper and profounder understanding of 

its psychic forces and of the role of the subconscious In the final 

analysis the worker will become richer." 

Meanwhile, stated Trotsky, the central task of the Bolshevik 
Party was to exercise "watchful revolutionary censorship" against 
any artistic movement openly opposed to the revolution. In the 
absence of such a threat, however, the Party should assume no 
leadership role. Art, Trotsky insisted, "must make its own way and 
by its own means." 

Bertrand AA. Patenaude teaches history at Stanford University. He is 
aiso a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author of The 
Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in 
the Famine of 1921 (2002). His essay is adapted from Trotsky: Downfall 
of a Revolutionary (copyright © 2009 by Bertrand AA. Patenaude), by 
arrangement with HarperCollins. The book may be ordered from the 
Boston College Bookstore at a discount via 


By John Smolens '72 

The ArtcKinleys visit Buffalo 


_l A When the three-car Presidential Special pulled into Buffalo 

on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 4, 1901, it was 
expected that there would be tens of thousands of people gathered 
to welcome William McKinley. There would be marching bands; 
there would be a military gun salute. McKinley had been sworn in 
for his second term of office in March, and he was clearly the most 
revered president since Abraham Lincoln. However, McKinley's 
personal secretary, George Cortelyou, was concerned about two 
things: the fact that since the second election there had been, 
despite his popularity, a marked increase in the number of death 
threats directed toward the president; and the health of the first 
lady, Ida B. Saxton McKinley. Cortelyou consulted regularly with 
Dr. Presley M. Rixey, the president's personal physician, who 
accompanied the McKinleys everywhere. 

Rixey had insisted that care be taken concerning noise when 
the train arrived in Buffalo. Thus Cortelyou had forwarded spe- 
cific instructions that the welcoming ceremony — and in particular 
the 21 -gun salute — must be conducted at a safe distance from the 
train. Although the president's health was consistently robust 
(even if Rixey would like to have seen him lose weight), the doc- 
tor was concerned with Mrs. McKinley's condition, which was 

frail at best. She could not, Rixey insisted, be subjected to loud, 
unexpected noise. 

The plan was to stop briefly at Terrace Station on the outskirts 
of Buffalo and allow members of the Pan-American Exposition 
committee to board the train, and then continue on to Amherst 
Station, at the north end of the exposition grounds. It was a warm 
afternoon, and some windows were partially opened. Even as they 
pulled into Terrace Station, a throng was being held back by a 
security line of police, soldiers, and Pinkerton men. It never ceased 
to amaze Rixey the planning and coordination and, increasingly, 
the security measures that were necessary for any public appear- 
ance by the president. He sympathized with Mrs. McKinley, who 
had said more than once that she would prefer that they all remain 
in the tranquillity of Canton until it was absolutely necessary to 
return to the Executive Mansion in Washington. The whole idea of 
passing the summer in Ohio was in response to her near-fatal col- 
lapse during the trip they had taken to the West Coast in the spring. 
McKinley had canceled many events and appointments as a result, 
and this two-day visit to Buffalo had been rescheduled, primarily to 
give the president an appropriately large audience to deliver what 
he considered a major speech, one which would establish the goals 
for his second term of office. It was an opportunity that could not 

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William and Ida McKinley, in an undated photo 

be missed; seldom was there an event outside Washington where 
so many Americans would gather to see and hear their president. 
Newspapers speculated that when McKinley addressed the audi- 
ence at the exposition on September 5, he would appear before the 
largest crowd ever to hear an American president speak. 

As the train drew to a halt, the crowd cheered and applauded as 
arms and flags waved in the brilliant autumn sunlight. A marching 
band was vigorously playing the last bars of a John Philip Sousa 
tune that Rixey had been hearing all his life but still did not know 
by name. He looked down at Ida McKinley, dressed in black, 
despite the warmth of the day, and watched her raise her handker- 
chief to her forehead. 

"Can I get you anything, Mrs. McKinley? A glass of water 
before we alight?" 

"No, Presley, thank you." She offered him the faintest smile. 
"I'll be fine." 

"We have arranged for a wheelchair to be at the platform." 

"You are always most considerate." 

The band concluded its number, and just as the crowd broke 
into applause there was a loud, percussive explosion. Dr. Rixey 
instinctively crouched down and turned his back toward the 
impact, which seemed to come from the depot platform. There 

followed another explosion, and then another. There was scream- 
ing inside the coach. Security men were moving, shouting; Mrs. 
McKinley's niece Mary appeared to have fainted on a sofa — or 
perhaps she had been wounded. The explosions continued, devel- 
oping a precise rhythm, causing Rixey to realize that it was only the 
military salute. The soldiers were too close to the train, and their 
rifle fire was deafening. 

But the salute continued, and just as Rixey looked down at the 
first lady, the windows on the platform side of the train blew in, 
raining glass on everyone amid more shouts and screams. 

And then it was over. Outside, the crowd's cheering swelled to a 
nearly ecstatic pitch, not realizing what had happened on the train. 
Passengers got to their feet, glass crackling beneath their shoes. 
Rixey leaned down to Mrs. McKinley, who was deathly pale. 

"I'm all right, Presley." 

"Are you sure?" 

But then she raised her head and looked past him, and a bright- 
ness, even a faint joy entered her weary eyes. Rixey knew who it 
was, stood up, and turned around. William McKinley's broad, soft 
face was absolutely serene as he gazed at his wife. His blue-gray 
eyes, as Rixey had noted many times, maintained startling clarity 
and focus. 

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Standing a little behind and to the right of the president was 
Mrs. McKinley's youngest nurse, and Rixey saw a look of panic 
overtake her face as she stared at the first lady. Rixey turned 
quickly and saw that Mrs. McKinley was showing the first signs 
that she was about to have one of her seizures. Her left eyelid had 
begun to droop, and there was a rapid twitching in that cheek. A 
series of deep furrows had developed in her forehead; her mouth 
trembled as spittle foamed from the corners. Her pulse was visible 
in the side of her gaunt neck. Everyone around her seemed to have 
frozen — this too Rixey had seen on numerous occasions. Aghast at 
such a sudden transformation, no one seemed able to do anything 
to help her. Even Rixey still felt somewhat helpless. 

The president stepped toward his wife's chair. Calmly, yet 
deliberately, he removed his handkerchief from inside his frock 
coat and unfurled it with the slightest snap of the wrist, as though 
he were an amateur magician who had developed such little 
dramatic flourishes to conceal his lack of technical skill. Leaning 
down, he carefully draped the handkerchief over Mrs. McKinley's 
contorted face, and then he said quietly, "It will be over in a 
moment now, dear." 

The handkerchief seemed to have a life of its own, quivering as 
it rested over Mrs. McKinley's face. Her husband remained close 
to her, supporting himself with both hands on the armrests of her 

A good minute passed, and no one moved. Though there was 
still the noise of the crowd outside, it was as though an eternal 
silence and stillness had descended upon the coach. Only the hand- 
kerchief trembled, as if by some spiritual force. 

Finally, the handkerchief became still, and McKinley gently 
removed it by the upper corners, uncovering his wife's face: Her 
eyes were closed, her mouth slack but calm, set in its usual frown. 
She might have been asleep. 

But slowly she opened her eyes — the left lid still slightly recal- 
citrant — and gazed up at her husband inquiringly. 

"Better now, dear?" he asked. 

"Yes, Major," she whispered. 

He straightened up and smiled. 

Suddenly, Rixey moved toward the sofa, where Mrs. McKinley's 
niece was beginning to stir. The doctor took her hand, which was 
warm, and gently placed his fingertips over her wrist to feel her 
pulse. The girl's eyes were not dilated; her cheeks were pleasantly 

"I'll bet you could use a glass of water," Rixey said. 

The girl nodded slowly, awed, it seemed, by such remarkable 
perception. Rixey himself was surprised at how calm he sounded. 
But it wasn't so — the explosions seemed to have ignited his nerves. 

There was a beverage tray on the table next to the sofa; Rixey 
poured water into a glass and gave it to the girl. He noticed, as he 
put the pitcher back on the tray, that his hand was not shaking. She 
took a sip of water, and then smiled at him. 

"You see?" The president's baronial public voice addressed 
everyone in the saloon. "Does anyone question why we always 
keep the good doctor near at hand?" 

There was polite laughter, which more than anything seemed to 
express a collective sense of relief. 

George Cortelyou stepped toward McKinley, his face slick 

with perspiration. "Mr. President, we might attempt a different 
mode of transportation into the city, and I could begin to make 


McKinley looked at his wife, and then turned to Cortelyou. 
"Everything is fine now, George. Why don't we proceed as 
planned? I gather there will be an even larger crowd waiting for us 
at the exposition. If we keep them waiting too long, they might all 
turn into Democrats." 

John Smoiens is a professor of English at Northern Michigan Uni- 
versity. This story is drawn and adapted from The Anarchist: A Novel 
(copyright © 2009 John Smoiens), published by Three Rivers Press of 
Crown Publishing, Random House, inc. The book may be ordered from 
the Boston College Bookstore at a discount via 


By Joshua Rivkin 

The year I broke every window. 

The year I stoSe every library book. 

The year I lived below the El, 

always the hum, running through and by, 

of people who desired to be arrived. 

I couldn't see them but knew wanting. 

The year I didn't sleep. 

None of this tells how on the tri-corner of 23rd, 

Broadway, and Fifth ! called into the gusts, 

My fault, my fault. 

None of this says sorrow. And means it. 

You need the certainty of story, of pattern: 

boy meets girl, boy leaves girl, boy regrets. 

Trains run through me, and 1 am not a train. 

Air touches my skin, and I am not sky. 

I don't need to believe each time I curse 

Cod, or sleep with a stranger, 

or refuse decision, 

the spaces in my body widen, are deep like a well, 

bone dry, and halfway to China. 

I've done nothing wrong. I've done it all. 

Redemption, take my name. 

Ask me inside. Let me enter. 

A house inside a house. 

A prayer inside a prayer. 

Joshua Rivkin is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry 
at Stanford University, where he now teaches in the con- 
tinuing studies program. This poem first appeared in Boston 
College's inaugural issue of Post Road magazine (see story 
on page 7). Tikkun is a Hebrew word for "repair." 


BCM •> FALL 2009 


Recent faculty writings 

American idol 

In 1930, as the Great Depression ravaged America, a 16-year-old heroine arrived on 
the scene. Nancy Drew, girl detective, debuted in The Secret of the Old Clock, enter- 
taining young readers while adhering to a moral compass that reassured parents 
about a new cultural phenomenon: adolescence. So writes Amy Boesky, a professor 
of English, in "The (Young Adult) Novel and the Police: Crime, Adolescence, and 
Nancy Drew in 1930," an essay forthcoming in the journal Studies in the Novel. 

"Cultural historians . . . concur that it was chiefly the 1920s and 30s, as the Depression forced young people out of employment 
and pushed public high schools into ascendancy, that 'produced' the modern concept of the adolescent," Boesky writes. Many adults 
distrusted this new cohort; one prominent psychologist defined the teen years as (in Boesky's words) "a period of crisis and debilita- 
tion." Countering this perception, Nancy demonstrated heartening traits, writes Boesky: "health and hygiene; superabundant energy; 
willingness to be taxed or 'stretched'; sympathy; love of nature; sublimation; activity; and loyalty ... to self and community." 

In the course of her adventures, Nancy protected River Heights, a small, middle-class town seemingly imperiled by "intruders- 
foreigners, 'Negroes,' thugs, robbers, the poor," Boesky writes. She was a bulwark against "'flappers' and the new cult of 'pagan 
pleasure.'" Modern industry had apparently brought dangers, a view captured in Nancy's encounter with a train in The Hidden 
Staircase: "With a fascination which was tinged with horror, she watched a long, heavy, eastbound flyer as it roared around the bend 
and like a mighty monster charged down upon the 
railroad bridge." The stock market, too, seemed a 
menace, portrayed, in Boesky's words, as a "shad- 
owy world of gamblers and upstarts." In the end, 
Boesky writes, none of these threats was a match 
for Nancy Drew, "secret agent of the aduit world." 


Family plan 

The 2003 decision of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 
that legalized gay marriage was the culmination of a 50-year evolu- 
tion of American family law in which "gender roles and hierarchy in 
marriage have been lessened or eradicated," writes Sanford Katz, 
Boston College's Libby Professor of Law, in "Five Decades of Family 
Law," an article in the Fall 2008 volume of Family Law Quarterly. 

Family law in this country arose from the idea that heterosexual, 
male-dominated, two-parent families form the foundation of society, 
says Katz. The erosion of this concept began with divorce cases in 
the 1960s — in New York, for instance, where adultery ceased to be 
the only grounds for the division of a marriage; and in California, 
where no-fault divorce was introduced. In time, Katz writes, the 
emphasis in divorce cases shifted from establishing grounds for a 
split to deciding the distribution of property. Also in the 1960s, 
concerns about protecting children from abuse began to trump fam- 
ily privacy. Once that happened, Katz writes, "it was not difficult to 
expand that protection to . . . wives," buttressing the view of mar- 
riage as an equal partnership. 

The 1970s brought cases addressing rights and responsibilities 
inherent in cohabitation — most famously the palimony case Marvin 
v. Marvin— and the recognition of prenuptial agreements that fur- 
ther diminished the sovereignty of traditional marriage. And the last 
25 years saw adoption law open up rights for adopted children and 
their birth parents even as artificial insemination and birth surrogacy 
have led to complex family relationships. "Who is a mother, and who 
is a father? These questions," writes Katz, "are now being litigated 
without uniformity." As a result, "traditional presumptions about 
family relationships are being abandoned or at least questioned." 

In the 1960s, hoping to build on its high-end reputa- 
tion, the Pierre Cardin company licensed its name 
to products from golf clubs to frying pans. The 
move backfired, according to professor of market- 
ing Henrik Hagtvedt, because the company failed to 
maintain consistency in the cues it conveyed with 
prices, packaging, and other marketing elements. He 
and coauthor Vanessa Patrick, of the University of 
Houston, reported on their research into what drives 
successful luxury brand extension in a forthcoming 
issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. 

The researchers conducted four studies. In each 
they asked groups of undergraduates to assess the 
desirability of various brands, some fictional, some 
simply unfamiliar. In the first test, students viewed 
mock advertisements for a spaghetti sauce. One 
ad emphasized luxury, another value. In a second 
experiment, participants tasted a mango drink and 
received a card describing it — the card touting either 
luxury or, again, value. And in a third test, students 
evaluated a set of silverware; for some it came in a 
velvet box, for others in cardboard. 

In all three studies, subjects found both the value 
and luxury products desirable but rated the luxury 
lines as more so. The promise of pleasure provided a 
halo that purely functional benefits couldn't match. 

A fourth study confirmed, however, that exploiting a luxury label to reach a larger market is not without risk. Participants were 
shown a pair of purportedly high-end jeans, priced either at $150 or $20. When the jeans were low-priced, participants downgraded 
the luxury brand's allure. "Positioning a brand as luxury in promotions and advertisements may not be difficult to achieve," write 
the researchers, but "luxury brands are very sensitive to inconsistent brand cues"— such as price. They point to the example of 
Tiffany & Co., which in the 1990s tripled sales with an "affordable luxury" strategy, only to see its high-end image decline sharply. 
The company was forced to raise its prices dramatically and refurbish its stores. — Jim Cray 

Tim Cray is a writer in the Boston area. 



News & Notes 

Alumni Shine at 
Annual Awards 

This year's Alumni Awards of Excellence 
winners (from left to right) Henry Smith, 
MS'6o, Ph.D. '66; Elizabeth McCartney '94; 
Susan Power Gallagher, NC'69, P'oo; and 
Timothy Burke '02 joined President Leahy 
for the annual ceremony on September 18. 
More than 250 alumni gathered in Lyons 
Hall for the event, which honored the out- 
standing contributions the graduates made 
to the University, to their professions, and 
to society. For more on the awardees or to 
nominate a fellow graduate for next year, 

Inside Scoop 

The second annual Alumni Volunteer Leader- 
ship Summit, held September 18-19, gave 
alumni nationwide the opportunity to return 
to campus and reconnect with the University 
at the start of what will likely be another 
record-breaking year for alumni engagement. 
More than 160 alumni leaders participated in 
special sessions where they discussed BC's 
latest academic initiatives with the deans of 
each school, discovered more about BC's 
financial future and Institutional Master Plan, 
and heard a State of the University address 
from President Leahy. "Meeting with BC's 
leadership was a great opportunity," says 
Grace Simmons '05, an Alumni Association 
board member and reunion volunteer. "It 
made me feel that my volunteer work was 
greatly appreciated, and I believe it motivated 
all those attending to help take BC to the next 
level." Alumni additionally joined in training 
sessions specific to their area of engagement, 
e.g., affinity programs, alumni chapters, and 
classes, which were designed to help make 
their BC volunteer work easier and more 

rewarding. Learn more about alumni volun- 
teer opportunities at 

Regional Coverage 

The Alumni Association recently welcomed 
six new alumni chapters into the Boston College 
family — with alumni joining forces to support 
BC in the Greater Mohawk Valley, Southeast 
Michigan, Hawaii, France, Beijing, and Korea. 
These recent additions reflect BC's growing 
global reach and provide more opportunities 
for alumni worldwide to stay connected to 
their alma mater. "Whether you've recently 
relocated and are looking to meet new people 
or have lived in an area your whole life, taking 
part in your local alumni chapter is a great 
way to network for business, cheer on BC 
teams with other fans, or do some good work 
in the community," says Hawaii Chapter co- 
leader Matt McConnell '98, who successfully 
led the Rhode Island Chapter for five years. 
These fledgling chapters have already received 
enthusiastic alumni support in their regions, 
and plans for game watches, service opportunities, 
holiday parties, and much more are in the works. 

To get involved in the alumni chapter nearest 
you, visit 

Holiday Invite 

Newton Campus will once again be trans- 
formed into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, 
December 12. It's a great way for the entire 
family to celebrate the holiday season: listen 
to strolling carolers, make children's crafts, 
take photos with Santa, visit the petting zoo, 
cozy up during horse-drawn carriage rides 
through Newton Campus, and much more. 
All are invited to the Alumni Association's 
annual celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Get 
into the spirit at 

Mark the Calendar 

The Alumni Association will present a special, 
day-long conference, The Journey of Aging: 
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life, on Sat- 
urday, April 10, 2010. Jennie Chin Hansen '70, 
H'08, president of AARP, will lead this ground- 
breaking alumni event, which will provide insight 
into the challenges of growing older — and how 
those hurdles are being redefined by faith and 



ervice. Experts from the fields of theology, 
ministry, and health will specifically address 

urprising new discoveries that link mental 
iealth and emotional well-being to faith and 

ommunity. Alumni will additionally have the 

ipportunity to ask their own questions about 
aging and to reconnect with fellow Eagles. Dis- 
:over more at 

Hitting the Right Note 

The 17th annual Pops on the Heights Scholar- 
hip Gala raised nearly $2.1 million for under- 
graduate scholarships on September 25. To date, 
this beloved University event has made the 
Boston College experience possible for 292 
students through 632 scholarship awards. Held 
over Parents' Weekend, this year's concert fea- 
tured conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston 
^ops Esplanade Orchestra with special guest 
oloist Bernadette Peters. Concertgoers in a 
sold-out Conte Forum enjoyed such favorites 
as Aaron Copland's "Hoe Down" and a rousing 
version of "For Boston" performed by the Uni- 
versity Chorale. For more, visit 

Practice Interview 

Alumni can now stage their own mock interviews 
online using the new Career Center application, 
nterviewStream. Each session is customizable 
—with more than 1,500 question options — 
and provides ideal preparation for job interviews, 
as well as those for graduate, medical, busi- 

New Eagles 
to the Heights 

The Class of 2013 received a rousing 
welcome from the Golden Eagle Class 
of 1960 and more than 150 other 
alumni during the annual First Year 
Academic Convocation on September 
17. After a special reception, alumni 
marched with BC's newest students 
from Linden Lane to Conte Forum, 
where best-selling author Ann Patchett 
delivered the keynote address. Find 
more opportunities to return to 

ness, and law school. Alumni can then review 
their performance, which is taped via webcam, 
or submit it for a career counselor to evaluate. 
The service is free, and there is no limit to the 
number of practice interviews. Access this 
new feature through EagleLink, found in the 
career resources section of the Alumni Online 

On the Job Training 

The Council for Women of Boston College will 
give more than 50 juniors and seniors a look at 
their potential career path during the council's 
Take a Student to Work program, held in 
November and again over students' winter 
break. The program first ran in fall 2007 and 
has grown to include alumnae participants 
from New York to Florida in numerous indus- 
tries, including communications, health care, 
finance, and law. "The goal is to empower and 
inform these young women before they make 
their career choices," says Hon. Darcel Clark '83, 
a Bronx County Supreme Court justice and 
alumnae volunteer. "It's a great way to give 
back and have an immediate impact on today's 
students." During the half-day visit, female 
undergraduates learn what a typical day would 
be like in a particular field or firm, explore the 
culture and work environment, and see where 
their career ambitions may lead. Learn more 
about the Council for Women's many pro- 
grams at 

By the Numbers 

Going Pro 

22 I Former Eagles football 
players who currently suit up 
every Sunday in the NFL 

5 I Games L.A. 
Clippers forward 
Craig Smith '06 and 
Phoenix Suns forward 
Jared Dudley '07 have 
played against each 
other in the NBA 

19 I Strikeouts recorded by San 
Francisco Giants relief pitcher joe 
Martinez '05 in his rookie season 

4 I World titles won by 
former Eagles sailing captain 
Carrie Howe '03 

2 I Caps earned by former BC 
soccer standout Kia McNeill '08 
on the U.S. U-23 Women's 
National Team this year 

3 I Former Eagles who 
drank from the Stanley 
Cup after the Pittsburgh 
Penguins' 2009 NHL 
Championship (Bill 
Guerin, Brooks Orpik, 
and Rob Scuderi '01) 

See the stars 
of tomorrow — today. 

Find a BC game 

watch in your area at 


1934-1938, 1946 

Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Lenahan O'Connell '34 was honored at the 
Rotary Club of Boston's centennial celebration 
in February. The Charitable Irish Society, of 
which he is a member, was represented at the 
event and presented Lenahan with a replica 
Silver Key for his service to Bostonians. 
Lenahan has served on the boards of trustees 
of the Boston Public Library and the Museum 
of Fine Arts. 


Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 


Correspondent: John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonville Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 

Greetings! Here we are again and again. 
Unfortunately, our only news is the June 
death of our classmate Raymond O'Donnell 
of Chula Vista, CA. Raymond was a long- 
distance commuter from Attleboro way back 
in 1939, but he spent the last 20-plus years 
of his life in sunny California. Our prayers 
and sympathy are extended to his family. 
• Otherwise, I can only report that Mary and 
I recently returned from her maternal family's 
clan reunion up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 
About 150 MacPhees met on the shore of 
the Bras d'Or Lakes and enjoyed Scottish 
music, meals, drinks, and views of the 
MacPhee Islands. A pleasant trip! • In the 
absence of any other class news from our 
25 surviving classmates, let me word-wise 
ramble just a bit. Remember if you need to 
we are now experiencing seniority and must 
do all that we can to avoid senility. There is no 
guaranteed protection from this possibility, 
but drive a bit more slowly, hire a cart to move 
you from tee to green on the golf course, keep 
off bicycles and motorcycles, and you can add 
the rest. By way of a memory test, who was the 
Jesuit who introduced you to epistemology, 
ontology, and cosmology? What was the name 
of the library? Where was the treasurer's office 
located? Is your "forgettory" now challenging 

your memory.'' 


Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Road 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 

Now, back to the '41 classroom. Bishop Joe 
Maguire, H'76, in Springfield again, has been 
in contact and wants to be remembered to all 
classmates. He has had a health problem but 
has made daily progress. • Dan Doyle is continuing 
his activities on the Cape and now is known as 
a real Cape Codder. • We were saddened by the 
sudden death of Bob Collins on August 25. 
Bob had been living in Needham, with other 
family members residing nearby. He was an 
excellent student-athlete at Weymouth High 
School, gaining all-scholastic honors in football. 
At BC, he continued to show athletic and 
academic prowess. Bob was a lifetime credit to 
his God, BC, his family, his business, and his 
friends in every aspect. He will be missed by 
all who had the privilege of knowing him. 
• When driving through the BC campus 
recently, I readily realized the many changes 
from 1941 to the present.There was great activity, 
a maze of new buildings with many students 
and college personnel entering and leaving. 
Immediately, I recalled the original foursome 
— the Tower, the Science, the Library, and St. 
Mary's buildings — Gothic architecture at its 
best, welcoming students. Those were the days 
when the Jesuits were greater in numbers. 
They welcomed contact with us and were 
closely involved in our activities. We have lived 
to see the yearly growth of the University since 
then, and we note with great pride BC's accom- 
plishments. • We have returned many classmates 
to God. All of them contributed to the successful 
growth of the University. We now say thanks 
to everyone whose love and respect for BC has 
contributed to its success. 


Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 

It is with some trepidation that I appoint myself 
to take on the responsibility of providing class 
notes to Boston College Magazine. For 60 years, 
Ernie Handy, JD'49, did a caring and sensitive 
job of reporting our activities, our joyous times, 
and our sad times. I will do my best to faithfully 
report all notes sent to me by classmates. • As 
noted in the last column, our 67th annual 
class reunion took place on June n at Alumni 
House. Eleven gallant survivors, two accompanied 
by their charming wives, attended: Charlie 
Ahern, Leo Benecchi, Ron Corbett, Jennie and 
Frank D'Ambrosio chauffeured by son Anthony 
'76, John Fitzgerald, Norma and Tony Graffeo, 
Jerry Joyce, Joe Kelly, Paul Livingston (our man 
from California, who worked with the Alumni 
Office in planning the event), Frank Mahoney 
MEd'54, and Charlie Sullivan. • The day began 
when we gathered in the library to prepare for 
the celebration of the Mass. Don McMillan, SJ, 
'66, MDI'72, easily brought us into the solemnity 

of the occasion, and Paul Livingston did the 
readings. At the prayers of the faithful, there 
was gratitude that we were there and sadness as 
we remembered especially those classmates who 
had passed to their eternal reward since our last 
meeting — Francis Colpoys, John J. Connery, 
Constantine P. Jameson, John A. McMahon, 
John F. Mitchell, Richard Stiles, and William 
Wallace. Our faith supports us since we know 
they now see the face of God and are at peace. 
After the Mass, we were served a very fine 
luncheon. There was the usual reminiscing and 
exchanging views on life, and the consensus is 
that we try for number 68. • Please note: You 
may write to Ernie Handy at Ellis Nursing 
Home, 135 Ellis Ave., Norwood, MA 02062. 
Ernie will enjoy hearing from all. 


Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; 7% 1 ~&$~'h7} 

Our late beloved classmate Fr. Tom Heath 
was honored with well-deserved tributes at 
weekend Masses held in August at St. Francis 
of Assisi Church in Braintree. Fr. James Cuddy 
recalled Fr. Heath's selfless service as minister 
to his Kenyan flock. Sadly, Fr. Heath was slain 
by robbers in his living quarters in that African 
country where he had served with so much 
dedication. As a longtime usher at St. Francis of 
Assisi, your correspondent took understandable 
pride in listening to the eulogistic oratory 
delivered by Fr. Cuddy. • An article by Yale 
Richmond, on the Khrushchev/Nixon "Kitchen 
Debate" and the U.S. -Soviet exchanges 
that followed, appeared in the July/ August issue 
of the magazine Russian Life. You may recall, 
Yale was a successful member of the fencing 
team while at BC. • Prayers of the class 
are offered for the repose of the soul of Mary 
Ann Baronowski, who died in September. 
She was the widow of Walter Baronowski, 
a longtime practicing dentist in Medford. 
• Recently, Eddie O'Connor called from Los 
Gatos, where he and his wife reside, near their 
daughter. • Please make my day by informing 
me of what's new in your life, by mail or 
phone. A few words, however casual, will 
indeed make this correspondent's efforts 
happily rewarded. Please? 



Correspondent: Gerard L. 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA 02331; 781-934-0229 

And now we start our 66th year of 
post-Boston College life. It isn't a celebratory 
anniversary year, but it is, in a remarkable way, 
a God-given accomplishment of another kind. 
• Gerry Callahan called recently. He suggested 
the column contain more news about what we 
all are doing and how we spend our days. I 
couldn't agree more. But in this, our fourth 
quarter of life, our triumphs are more modest 


and perhaps less newsworthy than they once 
were. None of us is career building; we are 
more apt to be basking in the reflected light of 
the accomplishments of our children or 
grandchildren. For his part, Gerry, like the rest 
of us, has good davs and not so good days and 
was sorry he wasn't able to be present at our 
65th anniversary. • As far as I know, our 
newsmaker of the day, this time around, is our 
nonstop traveling classmate Fr. Bill Mclnness, 
MA'51, STL'58. Fr. Bill has vacationed in San 
Francisco, in Chicago, and more recently in 
Washington. And it's always a pleasure to hear 
from Don White, H'94, who is well and called 
to say hello and to recount the pleasures of our 
recent 65th. Ginny and Tom Hazlett attended 
the Lobsterfest of the BC Club of Cape Cod in 
July. And who do you suppose was also there? 
You guessed it: Fr. Bill. • There is some serious 
news too. It is somewhat expected but always a 
shock to learn of the deaths of classmates: Joe 
Dee of Watertown last November and Jimmy 
Lannon of Dedham in July, both leaving loving 
families. And so our class continues to be 
diminished. • As for me, I spent 10 wonderful 
days in May on the Tuscan island of Elba with 
my three daughters. No husbands, no children; 
just the four of us. This is not to suggest any 
lack of love or affection for the husbands and 
children, you understand. What it does mean 
is that we became exactly the same people we 
were 37 years ago when we spent Easter in 
Rome. And now I have just signed up for two 
classes at the Harvard Institute for Learning in 
Retirement. • So, dear friends, what are you 
up to? Where have you been? Where are you 
going, and mostly, how are you? Peace. 


UNION 2009 

Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

And the beat goes on. Unfortunately, I have 
two more deaths to report. Dennis M. Condon 
passed away on July 13. He was a former FBI 
special agent and Massachusetts State Police 
Commissioner under Gov. Ed King '48, H'8o. 
He leaves his wife, Lillian; seven children; eight 
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His son 
Dennis Jr. '62 was an FBI agent, and three of his 
children were Massachusetts state troopers. An 
active member of our class, Dennis also enjoyed 
golf with "the Legends." I received a nice thank- 
you note from the Condon family, stating how 
proud Dennis was of his BC education and the 
friends he made there. He will be missed by all of 
us. • Ed Desaulniers died on May 1. He graduated 
from Boston Latin in 1939 and received a BS in 
engineering from BC and a master's from 
Worcester Tech. He leaves 4 sons, 5 daughters, 
16 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. 
The sympathy of the class is extended to the 
families of our deceased classmates. • We had 
another great luncheon and memorial Mass 
on June 16. Frs. Vincent Burns, MA'49, MA'52, 
STL'58; Patrick J. Kelly; and William Mclnnes 
'44, MA'51, STL'58, were the celebrants at 
St. Mary's Chapel, and John Greenler was the 
cantor. I did the reading; Kevin Bowers, MA'51, 
the responsorial psalm and prayers of the 
faithful; and Paul Paget, MSW'49, and Jane 
and John Larivee, the presentation of gifts. We 

had a wonderful luncheon on the second floor 
of Burns Library. You may remember that 
many of us studied on this floor. Thirty-five 
attended, including 21 classmates, and Paul 
Paget did his usual great job as chairman of 
the event. • On the medical front, I talked with 
Vin Catalogna's wife, Phyllis, who reports that 
Vin remains bedridden with Alzheimer's dis- 
ease at the VA Hospital in Bedford. Ed Burns 
has joined the pacemaker group, and Charlie 
McCready was in the hospital again but is home 
now and doing much better. Bud Graustein 
told me his wife is recuperating from a serious 
operation, but the prognosis is good. • I heard 
from Walter Cotter, who saw the Summer 
issue of Boston College Magazine with the 
war stories of World War II veterans. These 
articles were written in anticipation of BC's 
dedicating a memorial to alumni (who died in 
combat while in military service) on Veterans 
Day, November n. • Remember, we will cele- 
brate our 65th anniversary on June 4-6, 2010. 
Please mark the date and plan to come! • Let 
me know what what's going on in your lives. 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-565-6168 

Power Fraser's reunion celebration didn't end 
in 2007. He attended festivities for his 60th from 
Harvard Business School this year. Power divides 
his time between Florida and his home in 
Greenwich, CT, and manages to keep his golf 
handicap under control. • I'm sorry to report 
the death of William Degan. He served as a 
pilot with the Marines in World War II and in 
the Korean War and held the rank of colonel. 


Correspondent: Robert E. Foy III 

51 Dickens Street 

Quincy, MA 02170; 617-773-8184 


Correspondent: John J. Carney 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8285 

I write today with a profound sense of sadness 
as I notify you of the passing of Margaret 
Ciampa, the loving wife of our treasurer, Ernie 
Ciampa, and a real friend of all who knew her. 
She participated in almost every Class of 1949 
event in my memory. At the wake and funeral, 
we saw several of our classmates, including 
Margaret and Sahag Dakesian MS'51, Carol 
and Don McA'Nulty, Louise (Mahoney) MA' 5 6 
and Jim Whelton, Pat and Jack Waite MA'51, 
and Fr. Bill Burckhart '49. I'm sure there were 
others whose names I have forgotten. The funeral 
was at Mount Auburn Cemetery in a lovely 
pastoral setting befitting our dear friend, who 
will be sorely missed by all. • When you are 
reading these class notes, we will have already 
had our annual October memorial Mass and 
luncheon, a tradition started while John 

McQuillan was president of the class for the 
50th reunion in 1999. I will report on that in 
the next class notes (God willing). • Ted McCarthy 
sent me an e-mail from San Francisco, where 
he works with homeless men, women, and 
children who are victims of drug and alcohol 
addiction. Ted had a long military career, serving 
in the Army as an officer and in the Marine 
Corps for seven years; he was later a civil 
rights attorney for the government. He sends 
special regards to our class president, John 
Driscoll. • Please send me more information for 
these class notes. 


EUNION 2009 

Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 31 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

Our annual golf outing took place on June 10. 
Attendees were Jack Casey (of the Cape), Gerry 
Curtis. Gerry Daly, Jack Gilmore, Walter Lang, 
Bill Logue, and Bob Palladino. The winning team: 
Walter, Jack Gilmore, and Gerry Daly. We had 
to use our rain date and lost a number of players 
because of the change. Even at that, the weather 
was iffy, and we also ran into prior commitments 
and short-term health problems, but we shall 
play again next year. We had a great social day. 
Golf is what brings us together. • I am sad to 
report a number of deaths among our class- 
mates: Joseph F. Brophy of Quincy on June 14; 
Dennis G. Creedon of Santa Ana, CA, on May 
4: John D. Hancock of Lakeville on May 23; 
Michael J. Meehan of Worcester on April 7; 
William A. O'Brien of West Hyannisport on 
June 11; Maurice J. Pomfret Jr. of Somerville 
on June 21; and Thomas J. Regan of Wey- 
mouth on April 4. • Also, I was notified just 
before this writing that Paid V. Conley is now 
in a nursing home in Jamaica Plain. I hope to 
visit him soon. The letter I received from his 
niece in Peabody tells me that Paul will not be 

returning to Cambridge. 

Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC53 

21 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-8512 

I had lunch with Monsie O'Brien Clifton NC'53 
in June, and then she came to Cambridge 
for husband Peter's 60th reunion from Harvard. 
She looks her fabulous self. She is fortunate 
that a good number of her 13 grandchildren 
are close enough to visit! • Send news! 


Correspondent: Leo Wesner 
125 Granite Street, Apt. 816 
Quincy, MA 02169; 617-680-8306 


Correspondent: Frank McGee 

1952 Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-834-4690 


Sadly, I must note the deaths of our classmates 
Dick Mayo of Salisbury on July 20; Jim Baggett 
MSW'55 of Williamsport, PA, on July 6; Fr. 
Jim Larner (also BC High '48) of Dorchester 
on August 24; and Bob Cronin of Columbia, 
SC, on January 10. Bob is survived by his five 
children. Also, the BC athletic community was 
saddened to learn of the death of Joe McKenney, 
the son of the great Eagle Joe McKenney Sr. 
'27, MA'33, IT83. Joe passed away on June 30 
in East Dennis. Remember all of them in your 
prayers. • On the brighter side, Pete Lupien wrote 
that life is good in North Carolina. Pete plays 
golf on a regular basis with a group known as 
the Holy Hackers. They play at a different 
course each week and start at the first tee with 
a group prayer. Hey, Pete! On the next round, 
say one for your classmates! • George Cyr checked 
in from the great state of Maine. He and his 
wife spent the summer hiking and biking and 
send their best to all of us. • Regina and Tom 
McElroy's son Jack, a colonel in the Marines, is 
now in Afghanistan. Speaking of the McElroys, 
by the time you read this, the annual Tom 
McElroy Jr. '80 Golf Classic will have taken place 
in August. This event has raised approximately 
$1.5 million for BC soccer scholarships. • In 
June, 29 of our classmates gathered at the 
Stage Neck Inn in Maine for a weekend of golf 
(rained out), a lobsterbake, and fun. At the 
conclusion of the three-day event, Frank 
McDermott and the Nominating Committee 
presented the slate of class officers for the next 
two years: Dick Driscoll, president, and Charlie 
Barrett, LL.D/55, vice president. Thanks to 
George Gallant and Bill Newell for their out- 
standing service. Al Sexton, the great Roger 
Connor, and I will continue in our respective 
positions. • The annual memorial Mass, followed 
by luncheon at the BC Club in Boston on October 
9, will have taken place when you read this. 
Even if you could not make it, be assured that 
all our classmates were remembered, living or 
deceased, because we are one in spirit. • Finally, 
I spoke with Mike Roarke recently. He has suf- 
fered a stroke and is living in West Warwick, 
RI. Mike was one of the greatest athletes ever 
to wear the maroon and gold both in football 
and in baseball. A special prayer for his speedy 
recovery would be appreciated. • Keep the news 
coming. I really enjoy writing this column! 


Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

lg Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 02581; 508-366-5400 

The Wayland Country Club was the site for our 
15th annual class golf tournament on June 10. 
The format was the usual Florida type scramble. 
Seventeen golfers showed up for play: Art 
Delaney, Jim Willwerth, Fred Good MBA'62, 
George Kiesewetter MBA'64, Dick Horan, 
Don Burgess DEd'82, Ed Smith, Ray Kenney 
JD'58, Gerry "Spike" Boyle, Paul Coughlin, Bob 
Willis, Bill Ostaski, Paul Murray, Bob Sullivan 
MEd'6o, Joe Desalvo, Jim Low, and Walter 
Corcoran. When play was over for the day, the 
Ostaski team was declared the winner with a score 
of 2-under-par 69, finishing one stroke better 
than the Desalvo team. Among the other win- 
ners, Ray Kenney showed his power as he again 
won the long drive contest on hole No. 12. Don 

Burgess won the CTP on hole No. 4 with a shot 
that was 38 feet 6 inches from the cup. Bob 
Sullivan won the closest to the line contest on 
hole No. 2. All prizes were gift certificates to 
Dick's Sporting Goods. After dinner, Paul 
Coughlin announced that after 31 years as pres- 
ident of the Class of 1953, it was time for him 
to retire, effective that day. Paul said that his 
family duties require more of his free time, 
and with an excellent support staff in place, it 
was time to turn the gavel over to our vice 
president-president-elect, Bob Willis. Fred 
Good will continue as secretary, and Jim Will- 
werth will stay on as class correspondent. Ray 
Kenney has agreed to join Bob's team as 
vice president-elect. • John McCauley's wife, 
Gerry, reported, "John and I celebrated our 
50th wedding anniversary in April with a trip 
back to Bermuda (where we honeymooned) 
....Then in June, without a clue, we were totally 
surprised by our children and 70 family and 
friends, who greeted us at Newport's Oceancliff, 
where we arrived thinking we were just having 
dinner with our daughter and her family, and we 
celebrated our 50th once again." • Barbara and 
Spike Boyle reported that they have a grand- 
daughter graduating in 2010: Amy Hollis is the 
third child of Michael '77 and Carolyn Boyle 
Harris '79 to graduate from BC. That is five of 
five to be Eagles! • I am sorry to report on the 
death of our classmate Maurice Hart. Mo 
peacefully passed away at his home in Cohasset 
on July 12 after a long battle with cancer. 


Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Waterford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615 

Sadly, we report the deaths of several class- 
mates, including class officer Bob "Rufus" King, 
who was our event photographer and organized 
our hockey nights out in recent years. Bob died 
on August 9. Also, we lost Bob Banks in May; 
Frank Bonarrigo and John Stapleton in June; and 
Kevin Lane and Joe Pomeroy, SJ, in August. Fr. 
Pomeroy was notable for simultaneously leading 
the development of the computer centers at Holy 
Cross and at BC. He worked days at BC and 
nights at Holy Cross, where he spent most of his 
career. • I had a chance to attend an impromptu 
luncheon recently with eight of our classmates: 
Ed Trask, George Rice MBA'61, Tom Lane, Lou 
Totino MBA'65, Peter Nobile, Murray Regan, 
Jim Coughlin, and Tom Warren. For those of 
you who can reach Route 128, let me know if you 
would like to join an occasional lunch. • I got 
a note from Phil Grant saying he had the good 
fortune to have lunch with Fr. John Wallace in 
March, Nancy and Jim Flynn MA'55 in May, and 
Barbara and Gerry Carey in June. That's a lot of 
lunches, Phil! Phil is still teaching at Pace Uni- 
versity. • Elizabeth Glynn Hannon wrote to say 
tiiat she lives in Bel Marin Keys, just 20 miles 
north of the Golden Gate Bridge. She would 
love to see BC classmates who are heading west 
or are already there. Elizabeth taught in the 
school of nursing at BC for many years. She 
enjoys her grandchildren, Ruby (6) and identical 
twins (1), as well as serving as a guest lecturer 
and "talldng head" on cruise ships. • I left out 
the name of Dick Donahue's wife, Elaine, from 
my listing of those in attendance at the 55th 

reunion. Sorry, Elaine. • Send me some news of 
yourself or other classmates for our next issue! 

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Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzGerald Daly 

700 Laurel Avenue 

Wilmette, IL 6oogi; 847-251-383'] 

Mary Magdalen, OSC, e-mailed me from the 
Monastery of St. Clare in Jamaica Plain to say 
that four sisters from their monastery in Japan 
came to help them with their work for the 
summer months. It was an enjoyable experience 
for all. Sister said they were a great help and that 
"any occasion seemed to be an excuse for play- 
ing guitars and singing in Latin, English, and 
Japanese." She observed that "living with others 
from a different culture is broadening." More 
sisters are promised for next year. • Mary Evans 
Bapst in Geneva, Switzerland, had a summer 
visit from her Montana godson and his three 
children. Her guests enjoyed boating on Lake 
Geneva and climbing Mont Blanc. Mary said: 
"I'll be happy to listen to their adventures on 
their return with my feet up. The mountain 
sports were never my thing. Give me books and 
a comfy couch any day." • Helen Ward Sperry 
Mannix spent the summer on Nantucket and 
enjoyed visits from members of her family. • In 
July, the Dalys enjoyed a visit from their daughter, 
Ann, who lives in London. • Lucille Joy Becker 
and I played phone tag, but eventually connected 
for conversation. • I hope there will be more 
news to share with you in the next issue. 

Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Taippan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

Fifty-five turns 55! As I write this, the 55th 
anniversary of our senior year is about to 
begin. I hope many of you will join us at 
reunion events during the year and, finally, at 
the festivities during Alumni Weekend. 
• Congratulations are in order for Dick Renehan, 
who has been selected, once again, for inclusion 
in Best Lawyers in America in his areas of 
practice. • I had a nice e-mail from Joan Gospo- 
darek Lett. She has been busy attending the 
high-school graduations of her grandchildren 
and reports she was delighted when Mary Jane 
Kelly Dempsey surprised her by coming to her 
grandson's party in San Francisco. • Another 
member of our class has joined the community 
of saints. Richard J. McGuiggan began his eter- 
nal life on July 16. He was living in Bridgewater 
and was the retired president of Macomber 
Associates in Newburyport. Before his retire- 
ment, he also served as business manager for 
St. Edith Stein Church in Brockton. I'd like to 
send my sympathy to his sister, Lee Deane, 
and his three nieces. • Please send news! 

N C 1 9 5 5 ttl 1 REUNION 2 o 09 

Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

207 Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-0973 


The time for our 55th reunion has been set 
for Friday through Sunday, June 4-6, 2010. 
A detailed schedule will be sent as the time 
approaches. Let's plan on getting together 
during this great weekend. • Winnie Hicks 
reports that she and Ed are grandparents 
for the 14th time. This time it is a baby girl, 
which now makes the score 8 to 6 in favor 
of the girls. 


Correspondent: Steve Barry 

200 Ledgewood Drive, Unit 406 

Stoneham, MA 02180-5622; 781-435-1352 

We had 70 signed up for our Charles River 
cruise, and all except Kathleen Donovan 
Goudie made it. Former Alumni Association 
Chaplain William Mclnnes, Sf, '44, MA'51, 
STL'58, arrived with Mary and Jerry Sullivan, 
and both Jim Costa '03 and Ann Connor 
from the Alumni Association came with 
their spouses. At the end of the two-hour 
cruise, we serenaded Ernestine Bolduc in 
honor of her birthday. Marie and I sat 
with Doris and John Mahaney, MBA'65, 
and Bea '62 and Peter Colleary, who were 
just back from a river cruise from Vienna 
to Amsterdam. Leo '58 and Claire Hoban 
McCormack were there; Claire talked of 
her mother, who is 104. We spoke with 
Bob Austin and Leo Power, MA'64, MBA'72, 
among many others. • John Duffy is 
now professor emeritus at the University 
of Central Florida's new medical school and 
an adjunct professor at the Military Medical 
School. He also surveys international 
hospitals all over the world for Joint 
Commission International. • Ed, MBA'67, 
and Louise McCall Crawford celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary at the Wilbraham 
Country Club in June. Jerry Sullivan 
attended with wife Mary (Louise's cousin), 
along with Mary Louise Tomasini Sayles, 
Louise's classmate from the Connell School 
of Nursing. • Kathleen Donovan Goudie 
welcomed her sixth and seventh grandchil- 
dren: Rocco Thomas Taddeo, born to daughter 
Kara and son-in-law Tom, and Reese Jacque- 
line Goudie, born to son Brian and daughter- 
in-law Denise. • Jim McLaughlin's wife, 
Maire, is quite ill and started a new treatment 
program at Dana-Farber. Her sister Veronica 
visited from Ireland. • Marge Callan writes 
that Jean Riley Roche tripped and fell into a 
plateglass window and had to have several 
stitches in her head. • Sadly, Betty Ann Casey's 
husband, Ed Cox, died in June after a long 
illness. At Ed's wake, I saw Jack Leonard, 
Charlie Laverty, and Ernestine Bolduc. 
Ernestine told me her twin brother, Ernest, 
had died in February. Margie Murphy's 
sister, Eileen Kudera, died in June after a 
long illness. Frank Grigas sent a note that his 
wife, Marcia, died on May 28 from lung 
cancer. Frank and Marcia enjoyed many 
trips together to places such as Russia, 
Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, and Spain. 
Please pray for classmates and their families 
who have suffered illnesses, deaths, or 
economic problems. • Thanks to all who 
sent news! Read more at 

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Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 

Three cheers for Jane Slade Connelly! I have 
finally received a communique from some- 
one. Jane is now starting her seventh year as 
freshman counselor at St. Mary's Ryken High 
School. She has been with the school for over 
50 years in different capacities, with some 
time out for raising their four children, who 
have given Jane and Bob seven grandchildren. 
Bob is still active as a deacon in their parish, 
Our Lady Star of the Sea, in Solomons, MD. 
They also have a home on the Outer Banks of 
North Carolina, where they hope to settle 
when Jane finally decides to retire. In 2008, 
for their 50th anniversary, they took a tour of 
Alaska, and next year they plan to travel 
to Oberammergau for the Passion Play. • I 
received word that Margaret E. Doyle, one of 
our nurses, went to enjoy her eternal reward 
on September 9. • Gail O'Donnell, RSCJ, 
MDI'8o; Sheila McCarthy Higgins: Ursula 
Cahalan Connors; and Patricia Leary Dowling 
get together every so often. Gail is now teaching 
theology at the School of Theology and Ministry 
at BC, and she does spiritual direction. We 
are hoping that Gail will visit us in Vero 
Beach next March. Let me know if any of 
you can/will be in the Vero Beach area this 
winter. We would love to see you. 

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Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The class summer lobster/clambake at Paul 
Mahoney's Garden Center on August 4 was a 
spectacular event, with over 70 classmates in 
attendance. Special thanks to Paul and his 
wife, Doris. Bill Cunningham contributed in 
more ways than one to make this our first 
summer non-golf event on the Cape a great 
one. • The BC Club of Cape Cod hosted its 
annual golf tournament at Kings Way in 
Yarmouth Port on June 5. The top foursome 
winners were Bill Cunningham, Jim Devlin, 
George Hennessy, and Frank Higgins. Other 
classmates included Paul McAdams, Joe 
Mirabile, Dick Dowling, Don Fox, and Vic 
Popeo. The late Eugene D. Mahoney's wife, 
Ann, again handled all the backup golf chores. 
• Billy Donlan, MA'6o, had a massive stroke 
on June 6. Initially, he underwent extensive 
therapy at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 
in Boston. Early in August he was transferred 
to the Presentation Rehabilitation Center at 10 
Bellamy St., Brighton, MA 02135, f° r further 
therapy. I am sure Billy would love to hear 
from you to bolster his great determination on 
his road to recovery! • Nancy and Dick Michaud 
celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on 
July 23. Dick is still working; he has no plans 
to retire, is involved with a lot of business items, 
and plays a lot of tennis. • It is with deep 
regret that I mention the untimely deaths of 
two loyal classmates: James H. Doyle, suddenly 
on June 19, and Ralph M. Ferrera, on August 23. 

Jim leaves his wife, Mary-Lou, five children, 
and a sister, Patricia Flanagan, widow of our 
late classmate Thomas F. Hanagan. Ralph leaves 
his wife, Laura, and two daughters. Jim and 
Ralph were exemplary and classy gentlemen. 
The class also extends its sincere sympathy to 
the families of Joseph D. Cushing, who passed 
away on April 22, and Richard F. Madden, 
who died in 2007. • Class dues for the 
2009-2010 academic year remain at $25; 
please submit to Bill Tobin, MBA'70, 181 Cen- 
tral St., Holliston, MA 01746. 

NC I957 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

Good news from lots of you this time around. 
Keep it coming, and we'll find a spot for you in 
this issue or the next. • Margy Craig Sheehy 
is still active on Marin County Montessori 
committees; she can't let go after 30 years 
of teaching there. Traveling is her sport, and 
this past summer it was three weeks in Prague 
with her sister, Helen Craig Lynch NC'59, 
and brother-in-law. While he was teaching law, 
the women traveled to Berlin and Dresden. 
Margy has visited Berlin before the Wall, 
during the Wall, and now after the Wall — 
how many can say that? • Bill, MS'59, and 
Kate McCann Benson split their time between 
Hanover, NH; Waterville Valley, NH; and 
Longboat Key, FL, where Kate tutors challenged 
students. Meanwhile, she is active in choirs, 
teaches piano, and cares for multiple 
grandchildren while her son gets his doctor- 
ate. Favorite spot for wedding anniversaries 
every five years: the von Trapp Lodge in 
Vermont. Any wonder they need a rest? 

• Elaine Conley Banahan left cloudy 
Ireland for a sunny river cruise in Portugal 
with sisters Grace NC'53 and Carrel. Our 
sympathies on the loss of their fourth sister, 
Joan, in March to cancer. • Janet Black Rohan's 
husband, Patrick, underwent triple bypass 
surgery in July on the eve of a planned trip 
to Scotland and Ireland. Despite a long 
recuperation, he is doing better. (I Connie 
L. am two years out from the same surgery 
and feeling great so relayed encouraging 
words to Janet and Pat.) • Carol McCurdy 
Regenauer sent rave reviews of Cathy- 
Connolly Beatty's May concert; she attended 
with Frank and Lucille Saccone Giovino. 
Carol keeps in touch with Mary Ann Morley 
Bernhard, who is doing well and loves hearing 
from you all (5 Mercury Circle, Andover, MA 
01810). • Barbara Lowe Eckel, MSW59, 
traveled to Toronto for a nephew's wedding 
and connected with Pamela Hitchins Mordecai 
NC'62, another Jamaican, who has published 
30 books — Mother Maguire would be so proud! 

• Speaking of authors, Joan Hanlon Curley has 
published yet another book, Lucien's Boat, for 
grade 4-adult readers. Neil is retired and his 
travels are heating up: to San Diego, the 
Bahamas, and South America, some with the 
Naples Circumnavigators Club in which Joan 
is active. • Apologies to Liz, Ellie, and Lucille, 
who sent news that I'll relay to Connie S. for 
the next issue. Love job-sharing: best job ever! 
What an extraordinary class! 



Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 
Stonehridge Country Club 
Naples, FL 34iog; 239-596-0290 

Jack Murray reports that he remains active 
doing per diem work at his pediatric office and 
working on the admissions committee at the 
UVM medical school. He also plays the trum- 
pet in several bands in the Burlington area! 

• Bill McGurk finally came to the realization 
that winters on Prince Edward Island are no 
picnic, so he and Ann will now be spending 
the cold months in Sarasota. • After graduating 
in 1958, Tom Kurey went on to Penn State to 
receive his MS and PhD in physics. He is now 
enjoying retirement in Belleair, FL, after a 34- 
year career with GE as a designer and devel- 
oper of nuclear power systems and MRI 
equipment. Tom and Carol have four children, 
one of whom — a former Miss Wisconsin and a 
finalist in the Miss America pageant — is now 
the director of the Respect Life Office for the 
Archdiocese of Chicago. • Dotty Sollitto Hiltz, 
a longtime member of the Class Committee, 
keeps busy in Mashpee, volunteering for 
church and community organizations, including 
the BC Club of Cape Cod, and serving as pres- 
ident of the Catholic Women's Club, and she 
still has time to spoil her eight grandchildren! 

• Frank Neelon, a graduate of Harvard Medical 
School, has been on the staff of Duke University 
Medical Center for more than 40 years, work- 
ing in internal medicine and endocrinology. 
Frank, the editor of Stylus while at BC, was 
editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal 
from 1991 to 2001. • Joe Messina, MBA'65, 
MA'93, lives in Westwood and has 5 children 
and 13 grandchildren. He serves as an 
ordained deacon at St. Catherine of Siena 
Parish in Norwood. • Joe Giardina is enjoying 
retirement, dividing his time between Mashnee 
Island on the Cape and Bonita Springs, FL. Joe 
is a very active member of our class, and he 
and Livinia can be seen at every class luncheon 
in Florida and on the Cape. • More than 84 
classmates and spouses were in attendance at 
our annual class luncheon at the beautiful 
Wianno Club on the Cape. Fr. William 
Mclnnes '44, MA51, STL'58, did a masterful 
job as our keynote speaker. • Walter Weldon, 
JD'62, had a career as an attorney on the 
investment law staff of the Hanover Insurance 
Group. Now he and wife Barbara '60 live in 
Framingham and are enjoying retirement. 

NC 1958 

Correspondent: Jo Cleary 

2 j Kingswood Road 

Auburndale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

For some, a bonus from the rainy weather last 
summer was having time to write. We benefit 
now with your news. • Mary Denman O'Shea 
wrote that she "retired from government service 
sometime in the 1990s (U.S. Customs). I was 
on leave at the time the World Trade Center 
[fell]; my office was at 6 WTC... Since 
1989, we have lived in the southern tier of 

the Schohairie Valley.... We have our own fire 
tower, now a landmark. I live on 10 acres with 
one husband, two horses, three cats, four 
ducks, and one physically challenged German 
shepherd named Apollo. We have two children: 
Amy, who is writing a history of the canal sys- 
tem in New York State and is now on her third 
book, and Geoffrey, a professor of psychology 
at SUNY College at Oneonta. He has one 
son.. ..As far as travel goes, now it's limited to 
about three months every winter in the Sarasota 
area." • Sue Lawrence Sharkey wrote, "We did 
escape to Aruba and Virgin Gorda in the 
spring, but our summer months are spent at 
home at the beach... entertaining friends and 
family most of the time." • Good news from 
Lucy Reuter Dolan: "I am all recovered and 
feeling very well." Lucy and Danny's son Terry 
bought a small ranch in Wyoming. Their 
daughter Ann was married in July, and a 
granddaughter will be a senior at Vanderbilt 
this year. • From Austin, Shelley Carroll Opiela 
wrote: "You may remember that I wore an Ace 
bandage on my left knee through freshman 
year." (Yes.) Shelley recently had a total knee 
replacement. Her three sons and their families 
came to help husband Alex during the course 
of her recuperation. Their daughter Anne 
Marie, in Switzerland, is working on a Mellon 
Foundation project at the University of 
Fribourg, to digitize medieval manuscripts from 
the Abbey Library of St. Gall. Interested scholars, 
visit • Every summer, 
Maureen Ronan takes a three-day seminar in 
folk art at the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit. She 
recently took many pictures on Martha's Vine- 
yard, which she will use for her art projects 
during the winter months. • Keep in touch and 
let me know of changes in your addresses. 
Many thanks. 


Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 

Jim Marrinan, MSW'61, writes that he and 
Cynthia have become grandparents for the 
first time. Their daughter Jane '97 gave birth 
to George James Clarence Cumisky in London 
on July 2, which is also Jim's birthday. 
Congratulations! • I also heard from John 
Peterson, who continues to teach philosophy 
full-time at the University of Rhode Island. 

• Bob Latkany, who wrote these notes for over 
20 years, continues to work as chairman of 
Shoff Darby Companies, Inc. He also referees 
a full schedule of basketball in the winter 
season. • John Dempsey tells me that he is still 
working as a technical writer at the Hanscom 
Air Force Base in Bedford. • Tom Tanous, 
MEd'63, who was coeditor of The Heights in 
our senior year, has retired as an assistant 
principal at Beverly High School. • George 
Kelley has retired after a long career with the 
IRS and is living in Virginia. • I am pleased to 
report that Bill Appleyard has resumed his 
normal activities after undergoing coronary 
bypass surgery shortly after Reunion Weekend. 

• We send our condolences to the families of 
the following classmates who recently passed 
away: John C. Farley of Winthrop on December 
27, 2008, and in 2009, Marion R. Kirley of 

Winthrop on January 4, Robert F. Leonard of 
Somerville on May 28, William F. McGonagle 
of Hyde Park on May 9, and Anne P. Whelan 
of Lynn on May 27. • Please help us defray the 
costs of our 50th reunion by sending your 
class dues of $50 (BC Class of '59) to Alumni 
House, 825 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458. 

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Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 

The marriage of Ellen Martinsen, daughter of 
Ann Baker Martinsen, and Corey Hendricksen 
of Newburyport at the West Mountain Inn in 
Arlington, VT, on August 29 was a great and 
joyous occasion. They were married under a 
maple tree in a meadow at 5 p.m. on a rainy 
day. The rain stopped in time for the outdoor 
ceremony, and just as they said their vows, the 
sun came out. It was magic. Ellen, who just 
completed her PhD in biology at the University 
of Vermont, is now a postdoctoral fellow at the 
Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. 
Corey is a photographer. Among the guests at 
the wedding were Patty O'Neill and her sister, 
Nancy O'Neill NC'61, MA'67. 


ION 2009 

Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 

253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

Now that the fall events for our 50th anniversary 
have been celebrated, we can look forward to 
the activities that spring will bring: reunion 
events in Naples, FL, March 11-17; Laetare 
Sunday, March 14; Golden Eagles at the senior 
champagne toast, May 20; Commencement 
(with participation of the Class of i960), May 
24; a golf outing at the Charles River Country 
Club, June 3; and Reunion Weekend, June 
4-6. This will be a great time, so come and 
enjoy, as you have only one 50th to celebrate! 
The committee has sent each member of the 
class an events packet — please review. We 
need you to participate! • Tom Cunnally recalls 
Robert Kennedy's Commencement address, 
imploring us to ask not "why?" but "why not?" 
and to try to do what others may think is 
impossible. BC gave us that inspiration and 
the Jesuit education to do the impossible and 
to be successful in our lives. • Jim O'Brien will 
be honored by Challenge Unlimited at Iron- 
stone Farm as its "Spirit of Giving" honoree on 
November 21 at the Andover Country Club. 
The event will celebrate Jim's generosity and 
his important work with the Special Olympics 
and Ironstone Farm, which serves children 
with disabilities. • Mary Anne and Charles 
Hayes have five grandchildren. They enjoy 
traveling, especially by cruise ship. • Tom 
"Soupy" Campbell retired from GM in 2000 
and remains in upstate New York. Two grand- 
children live with his son in Northbridge. He 
and his wife celebrated their 50th in 2006. 
• The twelfth annual BC KT Invitation Golf 
Tournament was held in Williamstown. 
Among the gentlemen participating in this 


2-day event were Peter Marceau, Jay Lambert, 
Red Trainor, Bill Gozzi, Pete Conroy, Tom 
Rodhouse. Tony Abraham, Lenny Marma, 
John Kraskcuskas, Dick Haggerty '61, Real Roy, 
John Hajosy '61, Jeff Davis, Bernie Gleason, 
Jim Driscoll, and Ed Doherty MBA'73. The 
"old boys" played some pretty good golf despite 
their aches and pains. • Peter Edmonds, a 
retired maxillofacial surgeon, is living in 
Charleston, SC, with his wife. With BC com- 
peting in the ACC, he enjoys football games 
in the area. • After 30 years of practicing 
and teaching cardiology, George Litman was 
appointed chair of the Department of Internal 
Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities 
Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy. His 
youngest daughter graduated from BC in 
2004. The Litmans just celebrated their 45th 
wedding anniversary. • Tony Penna, a history pro- 
fessor at Northeastern, has recently published 
The Human Footprint ( Wiley- Blackwell), 
which deals with global environmental history, 
and coedited Remaking Boston: An Environ- 
mental History of the City and Its Surround- 
ings (University of Pittsburgh Press). He and 
his wife traveled for two months this past 
summer, primarily in Turkey, Jordan, and 
Israel. • David Russo, who retired after 45 
years in the paper industry, lives in Aiken, 
SC, so he can now attend ACC games! • After 
41 years, John Walgreen, MA'63, PhD'65, has 
retired from Wheaton, where he was an 
economics professor. His wife, Sonia, retired 
from teaching economics at UMass Dartmouth. 
Both are enjoying retirement. • Sadly, two of our 
classmates have died since the last column: 
John Barrett and John Dunn Jr. Keep them 
and their families in your prayers. 

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Correspondent: Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 024^2 

This is our year to focus on the 50th reunion, 
June 4-6, 2010! • Blanche Hunnewell hosted 
a pre-reunion luncheon at her home in Harwich 
Port in July for classmates in the Cape/ 
Rhode Island area. Those attending were 
Sally O'Connell Healy, Loretta Maguire, Julie 
O'Neill, Sheila Marshall Gill, Berenice Hackett 
Davis, Brenda Koehler Laundry, Dee Demers 
Ferdon, Jeanne Hanrihan Connolly, Carole 
Ward McNamara, Elaine Holland Early, 
and Pat McCarthy Dorsey. We discussed the 
importance of contacting old friends as well as 
getting in touch with those in the religious and 
those who started with us as freshman but did 
not graduate. The Class Gift was discussed, 
and Pat Winkler Browne has offered to lead 
that committee. We'd like to encourage class- 
mates across the country to have gatherings to 
spark interest in participating in our 50th 
reunion weekend. Would you be willing to 
help spread the word by e-mailing or calling a 
few friends? I would love to receive e-mail 
addresses of more classmates (at dorseypm to facilitate quicker communi- 
cation regarding our plans, deadlines, and 
other information. Watch for updates on 
Reunion in the coming months. • Bernie and 
Betsy DeLone Balas celebrated a milestone 
birthday this year, as did many of us. Their 

children, Liz and Neil, and their families threw 
a surprise party in early June in Wilmington, 
NC. It was quite a success, and Carole Ward 
McNamara, Kathleen McDermott Kelsh, 
Elaine Holland Early, and I were among 
the happy guests. We toured Wilmington's 
Victorian home section, took a boat tour, and 
attended a play while there. • Pat Winkler 
Browne and I had the pleasure of visiting 
Oregon in early August. While Pat and Dick 
drove to the Columbia River Gorge to see 
Multnomah Falls and went to craft markets 
and wineries, I accompanied my daughter 
and three grandchildren to Portland for two 
days. We visited the Oregon Science Museum 
and the Oregon Zoo! From there we met her 
mother-in-law, Martha, at the Black Butte 
Ranch, three hours south of Portland. This 
was my first trip to the area — it is beautiful! 
They have many outdoor activities for the 
families and great bike paths all around the 
ranch. After many years, I got on a bike again 
and enjoyed the freedom of being out in the 
open. • I look forward to hearing from you 
and wish you all a very blessed Christmas! 


Correspondents: Dave and Joan 

Angino Melville 
3 Earl Road 
Bedford. MA 01730; 781-275-6334 

A note from Maryann DiMario Landry 

mentioned the "1750 Beacon Street Girls," 
a group of classmates who lived together 
at that address. She had just come from 
our class Mass and dinner along with 
dormmates Mary Mahoney Falvey, Joanne 
O'Brien Reilly, Pat Taylor Keaney, and Betty 
Kulig Smiarowski. They were looking 
forward to the next "1750" reunion at 
the home of dormmate Jean Belval DeCastro 
in Wolfeboro, NH. • Rosemary Welch Otis 
is living in Pennsylvania and has retired 
from the maternity and pediatric fields 
of nursing. She has 5 children and 10 grand- 
children. • We received a postcard from 
Jack McNamara, postmarked London: "Study- 
ing at Merton College this summer. Knees 
are going bad but mind is OK." Jack 
was an outstanding runner while at BC and 
then went on to a remarkable career in 
medicine. He retired a few years ago from a 
very active practice in pediatrics and as an 
administrator. • Had a lengthy conversation 
with Bob Ritchie. This paragraph could 
never do justice to his remarkable life. He 
and wife Sheila live in Fairfax, VA. They 
have three children and eight grandchildren. 
He is retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, 
where he served at stations around the 
world, including in 10 countries in Africa. 
He recently had quadruple bypass surgery 
and has recovered nicely. Sheila comes 
from County Kerry, Ireland, which gives 
them the opportunity to travel back to the 
Old Sod twice a year. Bob looks forward to 
seeing classmates in 18 months at our 50th 
reunion. • Our condolences to the families 
of Thomas W. Dow, who passed away in 
Key West, FL, on June 24, and Kay Molloy 
O'Meara, whose husband passed away 
last fall. 

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Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 

1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

Alo Coleman Riley wrote that she still has 
"music in my life. I am part of an octet that 
entertains at functions and in nursing homes. 
We always try to bring a smile to the patients. 
I am also active in my church choir. This 
past winter, we put on The Phantom of the 
Opera.... This fall we're doing South Pacific. It 
is really fun as well as hard work." • I heard 
from Beth Good Wadden, who is still active in 
teaching reading and yoga at her daughter's 
school. • Sadly, we learned that Pat O'Connor 
Mitchell's and Gael Sullivan Daly's mothers 
died this past summer. We extend our condo- 
lences and prayers to them and their families. 

• Ellen MacDonald Carbone's son is stationed 
in Afghanistan: please pray for his safe return. 

• Patsy Keating wrote that she spent part of the 
summer in Italy — lucky girl! • We had our 
annual mini-reunion on the Cape in August. 
Alo, Mary Nolan Calise, and Gael were there 
with their spouses. Tony and Joyce Laiosa 
Caldarone joined Missy, Mary, Alo, Gael, and 
spouses for dinner in Scituate one August 
evening. Louis Hoffman and his wife were 
able to join us too. • We just returned from 
a Serra Club meeting in Omaha. Don't miss 
visiting Boys Town; it is worth the trip. 


Correspondents: Frank and Eileen 

(Trish) Faggiano 
33 Gleason Road 
Reading, MA 01867; 781-^44-0720 

Sue and Dan Coffey are living in Destin, 
FL. They have two daughters: One lives in 
High Point, NC, and the other in Chicago. 
Dan, a Glee Club member at BC. recently 
formed a group called Destin Harmony, 
specializing in "the top 40 hits from 40 years 
ago, in perfect harmony." He is in frequent 
touch with Joe Gorgone — who also lives in 
Florida — Chris Crisafi. and Tom Lawless. 
• |udy and Ken Kolek celebrated their 46th 
wedding anniversary in July. Their three 
children are married, and they have seven 
grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 
16. Ken retired from the Army Corps 
of Engineers (Reserve) with the rank of 
lieutenant colonel. He is presently chairman 
and CEO of Royal Arcanum, an international 
fraternal benefit society providing family 
insurance protection. The Koleks reside in 
Rhode Island. • Mary and John Hackett 
have six grandchildren. John's family 
insurance business in Medford — owned 
and operated by his two sons, John Jr. 
and Edward, for the last four years — will 
be 100 years old on November 5! • Mark 
Dullea had his first career in urban planning, 
one highlight of which was preparing the 
master plan for the Lowell National Historical 
Park. In 1991, he started a new business, 
Drysdale's Total Floor Care, which has 
received the "Best of Boston" award. Mark and 
his wife, Donna Quakers '71, have four grown 


children. Look for them at the BC football and 
basketball games, as they are season ticket 
holders. • Laurel Eisenhauer, PhD'77, reports 
that the "Cape-ers" continue to meet monthly 
at various restaurants on Cape Cod for lunch 
and book discussion (sometimes!). Attendees 
include Eileen McCook Szymanski, Charlotte 
Kimball Ryan, Jane Sheehan, Sally Osborne 
Russell, Patricia Egan Manocchia, Nancy 
Cartnick Fay, Katherine Barry Frame, Patricia 
Dalton, Brenda Sullivan-Miller, and Johanna 
Brunalli Needham. • Jon Doukas checked in 
from Louisville, KY, where he is working part- 
time. He continues to travel extensively, with a 
trip to New Zealand and Australia planned for 
December. He also maintains his interest 
in horseracing and had a horse running in 
the Kentucky Derby this year. • We extend 
our sincerest condolences to the family of 
Lawrence W. Abbott, who passed away in May. 
• We would love to hear from you. Best to all! 

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Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 

26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham, MA 02043 

Nancy Crowell Haefeli loves being a nana and 
is thrilled to have her daughter and son-in-law 
and their two young daughters living nearby. 
Nancy continues to work in her husband's law 
office and also teaches a course in develop- 
mental writing at a local community college. 

• Merrill and Maggie Driscoll Callen spent a 
few weeks traveling from North Carolina to 
New England, as they do each year, visiting 
family and friends in the Boston area, and on 
Martha's Vineyard. Maggie's daughter Lisa 
works for Wachovia in Charlotte, and Tori, 
who lives in Raleigh with her husband and two 
boys, is a nurse at a Duke pulmonary clinic. 

• Peggy Bailey Lamontagne lives in Plymouth 
but is hoping to sell her home, as she is now 
retired. One of her sons lives in Long Beach 
and the other lives in Marblehead, where Peg 
spends a lot of time with her granddaughter. 

• Pat Beck Klebba wrote from Wertheim, 
Germany, where she had just climbed up to a 
13th-century castle. Pat and husband Jack were 
on a river cruise that had taken them from 
Budapest, up the Rhine through Rudesheim, 
"where we were a couple of years ago 
when I sang with the symphony," then on^to 
Cologne and Amsterdam. • On June 19, Peggy 
Brennan Hassett married Jack Kehoe in Rome. 
Although they call New York City home, Peggy 
had been living in Rome part of every year, 
attending the Gregorian University. Peggy is 
also a trustee for the Gregorian University 
Foundation. • Kathy Mahoney Guilmette wrote 
that she and husband Bob were planning to 
visit Yellowstone and stay in Bozeman. While 
there, they hope to catch up with Judy Bertsch 
Ritter, who lives in Gallatin Gateway, MX 
When I spoke with Joanna Bertsch Yaukey, it 
appeared that she and husband John were 
planning to visit Judy at the same time — a mini 
Cushing reunion? Also, Kathy and Janet Rich- 
mond Latour were planning to be on Cape 
Cod September 24-25 at the Blue Water in 
South Yarmouth for their high school reunion. 

• Speaking of reunions, it would be great if we 
could begin having area reunions again in 

preparation for our big reunion in 2012. Any- 
one interested in hosting one, please contact 
me, and I will put others in touch with you. 


Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 

12 1 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02169; ^I'Al^m 

Wayne Budd and daughter Kristi '90 attended 
an AH AN A alumni weekend at BC with more 
than 400 AHANA alums in attendance. 
Wayne reports that it is quite different from 
the days back in the '60s, when the group 
of color was very small. Fr. Monan was in 
attendance and extended his good wishes 
to attendees. • Donna '65 and Ed Sullivan, MS'65, 
celebrated their 44th anniversary last May. Ed 
retired at 53 and is now enjoying the role of 
private investigator. They live in Mystic, CT, 
and delight in their 42-foot sailboat. Having 
son Terry '87 living in Wrentham, with wife 
Laura and their five children, and Tim 
living in Glastonbury, CT, with wife Claudine 
and their three boys, puts Donna and Ed 
nicely located in between. Ed still loves hockey 
and is thrilled that three of his grandsons play 
the game. He also has three granddaughters. 
Ed's special sister remains a focus in their 
lives and is now 71, living in a group home 
in Medford. • In January, Pamela Prime 
published a book, When the Moon Is Dark We 
Can See the Stars, and has since been on book 
tours and giving talks across the country. 
• George E. Roberge is happily retired and 
living in Southington, CT, with wife Judy. They 
have been married for 43 years and have two 
sons and three grandchildren. George works 
for the Knights of Columbus and Bread for 
Life. He also plays golf and enjoys returning to 
BC for football games. • Bill Phelan and wife 
Mary Claire are first-time grandparents: Daphne 
Marie Polignano was born on March 27! Bill 
and Mary Claire retire to Palm Beach, FL, during 
the winter. Their daughters and spouses live in 
Portland, OR, which makes for long com- 
mutes. • Bill McKenney, MBA'73, retired from 
EG&G in 1996. He and Kathy have lived in 
East Dennis for the past 10 years. They enjoy 
playing golf and spending time with their two 
grandsons. Sadly, Bill lost his brother Joe '52 in 
June. • I am also sad to report the death of 
William M. McDonald of Tunkhannock, PA, 
on March 17. Bill had been a vice president for 
a New York manufacturer. • Lawrence "Brad" 
Chandler writes that he is still practicing trial 
law in Charlottesville, VA, after graduating 
from UVA Law School and spending four 
years in the Army, rising to the rank of cap- 
tain. He has 3 children and 11 grandchildren. 

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 

ckm2@ mi 

106 Woodhue Lane 

Cary, NC 2J518; gig-233-0563 

I got a wonderful note from Susan Costigan 
Penswick this past August. Susan writes that 
she and Annie Laurie Kenedy MacEvitt, who 

lives on Bainbridge Island, Seattle, don't see 

each other often (Susan lives in Durham, 
England). But they did this summer in Wash- 
ington DC, where each has a daughter living. 
They enjoyed meeting each other's children 
and had two great days together, one at the 
National Gallery and one enjoying the trees 
and shade at Arlington. • Marjorie Reiley 
Maguire sent a link to pictures from our 2008 
reunion and hopes that the pictures will 
encourage attendance at our 50th. Marjorie 
spends her time doing legal research, 
writing — and enjoying her five grandchildren, 
ages 5 months to 9 years, who live close 
by. The link is 
382i8470@No2/. The pictures are great — do 
we look good, or what? • Maureen Meehan 
Sennot O'Leary visited Cape Cod this past 
summer and stayed with Colette Koechley 
McCarty and Carol Donovan Levis. Carol had a 
dinner one night that included Delie Conley 
Flynn. It was great to see each other, and it 
brought some sunshine to the rainy July 
weather. • I look forward to hearing from you 
and having news about you in this column! • If 
the December gathering in New York City jells 
(see last column), I'll let you know. Carolyn 
Mclnerney McGrath and Carol Donovan Levis 
were working on it. 


Correspondent: John Moynihan 

27 Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA oigoy 

We had a marvelous reunion last May, and 
for some the experience was extended. Bob 
Fuicelli wrote to say: "The boys and girls 
(Dunn, Zwible, Quayle, Marotta, and Fuicelli) 
went to the Cape after the reunion for a couple 
of days of golf, lobster, and good cheer! Lynda 
and I hitched a ride with Gerry Marotta to New 
York via the Bridgeport Ferry and spent a few 
days with my sister." • Jim Spillane, SJ, MA'68, 
MDI'76, has returned to the Jesuit College in 
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, after eight months in 
Africa. This semester, he will be teaching four 
courses in business and economics. He is a 
specialist in tourism economics and recently 
gave a paper on the economic aspects of 
Indonesian tourism development. • John Mul- 
lenholz retired from practicing law and is now 
CFO of his daughter's company, Stonehouse 
Medical Staffing, which provides medical 
staffing and home health care in the northern 
Virginia and DC metro area. • Barbara and 
Bob Scavullo along with Ron Moravitz bicy- 
cled in the annual Providence Bridge Pedal in 
Portland, OR. They were among 18,000 
cyclists who crossed six bridges and cycled 14 
miles. • Fran Quinn, MS'68, hosted the 25th 
Annual Quinn Open, a charity event with 
36 foursomes participating in a "best ball" 
competition. Bob Callen and brother Don '76 
were among the golfers. • Steve Duffy's 
daughter Ellen was invited to participate at the 
Olympic Training Center for synchronized 
swimming in August. • Frank P. Lawrence of 
Lowell died unexpectedly in May. He was a 
retired W.R. Grace executive: • We have a win- 
ner to our trivia question: What class member 
did a Boston radio station erroneously 
announce as successor to former football 
coach Ernie Hefferle? Where did he allegedly 


become Ail-American? Bob Fuicelli correctly 
responded with "Bob Fuicelli- and Hofstra." 

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Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

First, my big news! My daughter Alexis and 
her partner, Celeste Caviness, were married on 
June 21 at the Smith Barn in Peabody. Although 
they both went to Smith, that's not the reason 
they chose it; Celeste had done some part-time 
catering at the Barn and remembered it as a 
great place. And she was right. Although bad 
weather eliminated the outdoor option, we 
were able to keep one side of the barn open, 
where it faced the orchards in the back. It was 
Father's Day. And at the risk of waxing poetic, 
everyone noticed the soft breeze that blew in 
just as her father was mentioned during the 
wedding ceremony. Bittersweet, yet somehow 
perfect. Alexis is in the fourth year of a doctoral 
program in clinical psychology at URI. Celeste 
began her doctoral studies at URI this fall, also 
in psychology but research-based. • Now here's 
some more news from the reunion. Karen 
Murphy Birmingham lives in an apartment on 
Beacon Hill and has a home on the Cape. • Alice 
McLaughlin Grayson is the founder and pres- 
ident of the Greater Boston Chapter of Birth 
Right and the founder of Veil of Innocence, an 
organization concerned with parental rights in 
education. Alice and Ed have four children 
and seven grandchildren. • Kathy McCarty 
Gruber retired last July from trademark 
research at Thomson Reuters. She and Tom have 
one grandchild and often visit their children in 
Georgia and Ohio. They were not able to make 
the Saturday night event but came to the Mass 
and brunch on Sunday. • Mary Joyce O'Keefe 
DiCola was on a business trip in New York City 
before the reunion. She flew to Boston on 
Saturday and had time to catch up with Kathy 
Wilson Conroy and Carol Sorace Whalen. I think 
that Carol's comments best express what 
makes a reunion special: "There are always 
reasons for not going to a reunion. But one of 
the best reasons for going may be that Newton 
played a part, at a specific place and time, in 
our preparation as women who left there ready 
to create our place in the world. Let's hope, for 
our 50th, that all who can will want to gather at 
Newton and remember the best we had there." 

Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1187 

Sheila Quinn Rucki is director of a new MSN 
program at American International College in 
Springfield. Her daughter Johanna is in her sec- 
ond year of a master's entry nurse practitioner 
program at UMass Worcester. • Grace and Ed 
Smith are living in Danbury, CT The youngest of 
their seven children, Christina, is in her senior 
year at James Madison University. Their 
other children — and nine grandchildren — are 
scattered from coast to coast. Ed has retired from 

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IBM after 32 years and is a real estate appraiser 
in Connecticut, while Grace continues her work 
as a communications consultant. • Howard 
Aylward continues to practice rheumatology for 
the Geisinger Health System of EMR fame in 
State College, PA, and says that retirement is still 
in the future. • Mary and Jim Keefe report that 
son William graduated from BC Law School this 
past May. Bill is the third generation to graduate 
from BC: Maiy's father, Frederick Muir '47, was 
also an alumnus. The Keefes both work for the 
Lynn School Department, where Mary is a school 
nurse, and Jim is a department head. • Maureen 
(Sullivan), MEd'70, PhD'74, and Larry O'Neill 
celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 
June, spending eight days in Paris. Larry recently 
retired from St. John's Prep, Danvers, after 43 
years as a teacher and as chair of the history 
department, but will continue to coach the 
varsity golf team. Maureen is in her 16th year as 
dean of liberal studies at North Shore Commu- 
nity College. The O'Neills have two daughters: 
Kelly, an assistant professor of Russian history at 
Harvard, and Ashley, a cardiac nurse practitioner 
at MGH. • Molly Spore-Alhadef, MS'66, is a 
librarian at the Redwood City (CA) Public Library, 
where she runs the archives and the local history 
department. Molly wrote three chapters for the 
book Redwood City, published in 2007, and 
three articles for Spectrum, a local magazine. She 
and her late husband, John, enjoyed living in 
Redwood City for 31 years. Molly now resides in 
Palo Alto. • Mary and Larry Laureno spend time 
in the Berkshires each year and this past June 
had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Lucia, owned by 
Jim Lucie, MEd'67. Larry would love to have Jim 
and the Heightsmen back for our reunion this 
year — I think many would agree! • Tim Holland 
was very instrumental in the e-mail sent to class- 
mates suggesting they cheer on the BC football 
team at the University of Virginia game in Char- 
lottesville. Thank you, Tim. • Barbara and Jack 
Kennedy have retired to Palm Springs and enjoy 
spending time each summer in Lanesville, MA. 
Jack had spent many years in banking in Costa 
Mesa, CA. • George "Tex" Comeaux sent me a 
wonderful Christmas stoiy he wrote, You Can Be 
Santa's Helper, with watercolors by Mary T 
Bodio and music by Tex's brother, Mike. It was 
published by BookSurge, an 
print-on-demand company. Tex also published A 
Rainbow Journey and a fabulous poetry book, 
introVERSES. He and his late wife, Maureen 
Reilly Comeaux, raised seven children. Tex 
worked at IBM for many years as a high-tech 
engineer, but truly enjoys the time he now 
spends volunteering at My Brother's Keeper in 
Easton. His youngest daughter, Susan '06, stayed 
in Anchorage after volunteering there with JVC 
at Covenant House. • Finally, thank you all for 
sending e-mails. This is the longest column I 
have had in years. I look forward to seeing many 
of you at our reunion in June. 

Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 
3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Andy '64 and Mary Lou Comerford Murphy 

are living on Bainbridge Island, WA. Mary 
Lou retired in 2008 from her job as deputy 
superintendent of North Kitsap Schools and 

enjoys her free time sailing and traveling. She 
recently visited the Canadian Gulf Islands and 
Cape Cod, where she and Andy visited his 
95-year-old mother. Their three children, all 
University of Washington grads, and three 
granddaughters live in the Northwest. On 
moving to Bainbridge, Mary Lou discovered 
Annie Laurie Kenedy MacEvitt NC'63! Last fall 
she visited with Judy Clune Groppa, Kathy 
Heffernan, and Chris Bassett. As Mary Lou 
says, "It is always great to run into old Newton 
pals!" • Lisa Pustorino Edmiston's husband, 
Mark, retired in June, and they took a trip to 
France to celebrate. They stayed busy last 
summer, helping out with grandchildren and 
redoing their kitchen in Bronxville as well as 
making other renovations in case they decide 
to sell and move on to the next chapter in their 
life. • Congratulations to Gretchen Monagan 
Sterling, MEd'70, who completed the Danskin 
New England Triathlon (a .5-mile swim in a 
lake, a 12-mile very hilly ride, and a 3-mile run) 
in Webster. The Danskin races take place in 
different parts of the country and are fundraisers 
for breast cancer research. Gretchen encourages 
anyone who has an interest to come and join 
her for the next race, the triathlon in July 
2010! In addition to some serious training, 
Gretchen also takes bridge lessons with Sue 
Wilson Wasilauskas. She reports that Sue has 
beautiful gardens, which she planted and nur- 
tured in her backyard. Sue is still teaching 
preschool in Wellesley and "is a superb bridge 
player (by instinct on top of learning)." • As of 
this writing, your correspondent is in Denver 
for two months, enjoying the city and the 
mountains and, of course, the company of my 
son Mike '90, his wife Leslie, and my two 
granddaughters. • Now is the time to contact 
classmates and cajole them into attending our 
45th (!) reunion, which is set for June 4-6, 
2010. You can e-mail me or post to the alumni 
online community at 
association/community.html to let us know 
you will be there to celebrate. Until then, 
enjoy life! 


Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Sandra (Astuti) Billings wrote that she is now 
assistant clinical professor for the University of 
Connecticut's Neag School of Education at the 
Waterbury Campus. Formerly the director of 
secondary certification programs in Fairfield 
University's graduate school of education, she 
is talcing a rest from administrative responsibili- 
ties and doing what she loves best: teaching. 
Sandy is happy to have more time to spend with 
her children, Lisa Billings Cerulli '91 and Derek, 
and grandchildren, Christopher and Katelyn. 
Lisa is a teacher, and Derek is a designer and 
artist living in Los Angeles. • On November n, a 
ceremony was held on Main Campus to dedicate 
the recently created Veterans Memorial, com- 
memorating the many Boston College alumni 
who gave their lives for our country. We thank all 
members of the Class of 1966 who coirtributed 
to this project and especially Paul Delaney, who 
worked diligently over several years to help raise 
funds for the memorial. 


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Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing ; 

Santa Fe, NM &7507; 505-474-3162 

In her architectural career, Dorie Norton 
Weintraub has worked as an architectural 
designer at Architectural Resources in 
Cambridge, an architect/project manager at 
Drummey Rosane Anderson in Newton, and 
an architect/associate at Margulies Perruzzi 
in Boston. She is currently an independent 
architect doing business as Weintraub Designs; 
view her website at 
(I learned about Dorie's career as she is 
one of my new Facebook friends. Friend me, 
Catherine Beyer Hurst, on Facebook to find 
other Newton '66ers.) • Several special 65th 
birthday celebrations took place in Massachusetts 
last summer. Meeting up for two nights were 
Judy McCluskey Flood, Susan Marion Cooney, 
Kathy Brosnan Dixon, Sharon Cuffe Fleming, 
Sheila Mclntire Barry, and Judy Mullen 
Connorton. They had a great time catching up 
and also seeing the Dove/O'Keeffe exhibit 
at the Clark in Williamstown. Williamstown 
and the Clark are personal favorites of Judy 
Connorton's, as her son Patrick graduated from 
Williams in 2003. • Also meeting up for 
a summer mini-reunion were Ann-Marie 
Carroll, Carolyn Cassin-Driscoll, Sandra Puerini 
DelSesto, Pat Ryan Grace, Beth Gundlach, 
Barbara Childs Hall, Joyce LaFazia Heim- 
becker, Cathy Beyer Hurst, Joan Candee 
Rentsch, and Martha Roughan, RSCJ. The 
group spent four nights in Plymouth, taking 
in Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower, and a 
wonderful garden tour in Sandwich, in addition 
to antique-shopping, beach walking, and bird- 
ing. Ann-Marie Carroll and her husband, Don 
Falvey, also hosted a lobster dinner at their 
home in North Falmouth. (Ann-Marie points 
out that she will not actually be 65 until 2010!) 
• At its annual awards dinner in May 2009, 
after a keynote address by Dan Rather, the Fair 
Media Council presented 32 Folio Awards for 
excellence in local news coverage in print, 
radio, television, and Internet. Taking top 
honors in the "Feature Story Under 2,000 
Words" category was Pat Ryan Grace, editor of 
the Manhasset Press (and also the reporter for 
this feature). Her story, "Gift of Life's Legacy 
Comes Full Circle," appeared in October 200,8. 


Correspondents: Charles and 

Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Betty Goetz Serow writes that she and James 
and Carmen Signes Beaton, all SOE alumni, 
enjoyed a week at the Lagos family reunion 
held in Tybee, GA. Carmen's mother and 
Betty's mother were both Lagos women. The 
Beatons' daughter Emily and Betty's daughter 
Erica also joined the festivities. Betty works 
for the Florida Department of Health, Office 
of Health Statistics and Assessment. • Peter 
Ciampi, MA'68, writes that he is working for 

Interactive Data (where he has been for 28 
years), developing financial products. Pete is 
in regular contact with Bill Sandberg, who just 
retired from the government. • Bill Sullivan, 
MEd'72, dropped a line from Starksboro, VT. 
Bill retired after serving as executive director 
of three different nonprofits, serving the needs 
of people with disabilities. Bill did the same 
work in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu 
in the South Pacific from 1988 to 1992. • Joe 
Hill's wife, Alison, hosted a great birthday 
party for Joe at the Aquarium. In attendance 
were Janet Rogers, Kathy Harrington Bell, 
and Jack Crowley. Joe still has a hand in Hill 
Engineering, which he founded and ran for 
many years. • It is with great sadness that we 
report the passing of two classmates. Bob 
McGinn died on July 12 at his home on Cape 
Cod. When not on the Cape, Bob lived in 
Cumberland, RI. A group of classmates, 
including your correspondent, attended the 
wake. The class offers its sincere condolences 
to Judy McGinn and to their daughter, Kerry 
'96, and sons Bryan '98 and Shawn '00. Joe 
Mariani Jr. died on April 5 in Rockville, MD. A 
retired Army lieutenant colonel, Joe had been 
in ROTC while at BC. He was buried with full 
military honors in Arlington National Cemetery 
on June 24. We extend our heartfelt condolences 
to Joe's wife, Liz, and their four children, 
and also to his sister and brothers Robert '76 
and Richard '68. • Pam and Joe Catanzano are 
the proud grandparents of Caitlin Ann 
Messina, born on May 7 to daughter Kirsten 
and hubby Duane. • Joanne Folts Mackey 
continues to work at Duke University, Depart- 
ment of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics. 
She is "Nana" to seven grandchildren. • John 
Bove has retired as dean of the School 
of Management at Cambridge College. John 
recently spent a month in Russia doing 
research at the Roosevelt Institute. • Your 
correspondents became grandparents again 
when they welcomed Margot Jane Pagliano 
on August 24 in New York City. 

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Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-0896 

One travelogue begets some others, plus extra 
news briefs. • Marilyn Fu Harpster reported 
on the Alaskan glacier cruise her extended 
family, including five grandsons, ages 1-15, 
took last May. Blessed with wonderful weather, 
they visited Ketchikan, Juneau, the College 
Fjords, and Glacier Bay. In this peaceful 
environment, they saw calving glaciers and 
numerous whales and dolphins. Marilyn 
caught great photos of the wildlife and of an 
eagle resting outside their ship balcony. Their 
shared family time provided a great occasion 
to open the beauty of America to the next 
generations. The Harpsters continue their efforts 
to encourage science education in Ohio with 
scholarships for the Science Fair winners at 
their local Catholic school, consistently among 
the top in the state. The Harpsters also have 
endowed merit scholarships at the University 
of Dayton for electrical engineering and 
physics majors. In this way, they are encouraging 
students in fields that feed the needs of 

science-based businesses such as their own. 
• Donna Shelton and husband Frank spent a 
wonderful five weeks in Australia and New 
Zealand last March and April. The highlight 
was heli-hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier in 
New Zealand, followed by a sunset kayak 
paddle on a nearby lake. "The incredible natural 
beauty of New Zealand will draw us back — 
despite the 40 hours of travel time each way! 
The food and wines are a terrific complement 
and a necessity after all the outdoor activity!" 
Over the summer, Donna spent much time at 
the pool and the beach with her three grand- 
children, even while recuperating from her 
own tennis mishap. By summer's end, how- 
ever, she was back to doing all except playing 
tennis. • While I didn't go farther than New 
England, I did enjoy an extended day with 
Anne Caswell Prior and Faith Brouillard 
Hughes in early July. • Who is going to report 
next? Until then, I just want to remind you to 
keep your contact information current, send 
prayer requests for the class Prayer Net as 
needed, and enjoy the coming winter months. 


Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11300 San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Yippee! A hefty mailbag this edition, with 
sincere thanks to our BC'68 classmates who 
responded to the call. • Eileen and Steve Tucker 
are celebrating the arrival of their first grand- 
child, Megan Elizabeth, on June 17. Megan's 
parents are Julie and Thomas Rollauer, both 
BC'97. Steve is CFO of CS Technology in New 
York City and commutes from New Jersey. • In 
London, Eddie Frazer is CEO of Trinity Croup 
Ltd., which he cofounded with Ford Fraker, 
former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. 
Eddie's son Philip is BC'io. • The BC Alumni 
Club hosted a joint BC-Baghdad College 
night, "BC Night on the Tigris," in London 
with 60 attendees, including BC trustee and 
classmate Tommy O'Neill. • Since graduation, 
Barbara Beaulieu Chase of Plum Island has 
worked at Mass. General, and she is now an 
adult nurse practitioner at MGH's Chelsea 
Health Center, coordinating the multi discipli- 
nary diabetes management program. She is also 
a member of the adjunct faculty at Simmons. 
With husband Clark and two sons, Barbara 
volunteers regularly at the Centre of Hope for 
Children in Oaxaca, Mexico, and travels 
extensively in Latin America • Joan Dunn 
Harrison is president and founder of the Cape 
Cod Hydrangea Society and authored The 
Colorful World of Hydrangeas: A Hydrangea 
Handbook for the Home Gardener. • Rabbi 
Ken Block's daughter fenny received a Lambda 
Literary Foundation Award for her book Open. 
• Capt. Mark Schwartz, retired now from 
Southwest Airlines, is recovering from total 
hip replacement surgery in Boca Raton. He 
and Ruth welcomed twin grandchildren, their 
eighth and ninth! • Emily DeSimone Mahony, 
VP of development at Maryrhount University 
in Arlington, VA, sent updates of the following 
BC friends who celebrate every New Year's Eve 
together. Maryknoll Fr. Eddie Phillips is back 
from Nairobi and awaiting his new assignment. 


Jackie DeMartino O'Neill is university marshal 
at Harvard. Kenny Lonergan, -MEd'73, has 
retired and is greeting visitors as town crier 
in Provincetown. Pam Murray McAneny of 
Arlington has retired from teaching. Susan 
O'Neill is president and owner of O'Neill and 
Associates, a premier fundraising firm in 
Washington DC. Donny Bouchoux is SVP and 
COO of WBB in Washington DC. Phil 
DiBelardino is VP of Banfi Vintners and travels 
to Italy monthly (lucky!). Michele Perrotta 
Tempesta teaches special education in Man- 
hasset, NY. In 2010, Emily and friends plan to 
ring in the new year in New York City. • More 
BC'68 news in our next column. • Go Eagles! 

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Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings 
8 BrookHne Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

This is the best: I heard from several of 
you this quarter! Well done, and may it be 
contagious. • Jamie Coy Wallace has moved out 
of Manhattan to become a year-round resident 
of East Hampton, NY. In December 2008, she 
celebrated the birth of her first granddaughter, 
but sadly, lost her 90-year-old mother. Her 
second grandchild was born this past July, and 
Jamie is thoroughly enjoying her role as 
"Mimi." • Sandra Mosta Spies moved to the 
Providence area in 2002 and would love to 
connect with anyone in the vicinity. She com- 
mutes to Boston to her job in the U.S. Trust 
Division of the Bank of America and is very 
active in the Council for Women of Boston 
College. If anyone wants to know more about 
the council, e-mail Sandra at sandra.m. spies She and husband Dick 
became first-time grandparents this past year 
and recently celebrated their 41st wedding 
anniversary. • Patrick and Suzy Mangold Sabadie 
(sister-in-law of Tita Sabadie) celebrated their 
40th. They have two sons and two grandchildren 
and have retired to Amelia Island, FL. They 
love to travel and have taken river cruises on 
the Danube and Volga, and by the time this 
column is printed, they will have toured Viet- 
nam and Thailand. Suzy also enjoys stock 
trading and creating knit and sewn garments. 
• Frank and Sharon O'Keefe Madden celebrated 
the marriage of their daughter Suzanne to 
Chris Krackeler, son of Bill '66 and Mary 
Jean Sawyers Krackeler NC'66. Sharon writes, 
"Although the moms had nothing to do with 
the couple's meeting, they were both surprised 
and delighted to discover the Newton connec- 
tion." • Under the "small world" category, Jeanne 
Daley ran into Mimi Carlisle Stewart at 
breakfast in a small inn on the Cape last 
summer. Mimi, a mother of three, received a 
PhD in classics from Harvard and is a classics 
professor at Washington & Lee University 
in Virginia. • Dale Clement James would like 
to reach out to fellow classmates via Facebook. 
Cathy Beyer Hurst NC'66 wrote in her Summer 
column that if you go to, 
sign up, and list your college as Newton College 
of the Sacred Heart (not Newton College), you 
can be connected to fellow classmates. This 
may be the way to share all those cute grandkids 
pics! Don't forget to keep me in the loop! 
Thanks for the e-mails. 


Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

jg Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Among the many classmates attending our 
40th reunion were Doug Carnival; Carol and 
Jim O'Reilly; Paul and Mary Beth (O'Brien) 
Sandman; June and Dan Meehan JD'72; Mary 
(DePetro) NC'68 and Greg Murphy; Janice 
and Greg Gormican; Kathleen and Dan Denihan; 
Hobie Nichols; Roger Pelissier (with camera); 
Phil Langsdorf (who visited the McElroy radio 
studio of WZBC; Phil was the station manager 
of predecessor WVBC from 1967 to 1969, when 
it was located in Fulton Hall); and Walt Urbanek. 
Last year, Phil and Walt attended a mini-reunion 
for Welch Hall alumni at Bill Connor's family's 
waterfront cottage in East Falmouth. Other 
Welch Hall alumni attending were Walt Rygiel 
and Jerry Reilly. • John Rayll passed away on May 
20 in Tulsa, OK, from a heart attack. Sympathy 
goes to John's wife, Sally, and daughters Barbara 
'02 and Bridget. John received a JD from Harvard 
Law School, an LL.M. from New York University, 
and an MBA from the University of Tulsa. He 
worked as a corporate attorney before starting 
his law firm, Coulter & Rayll. Dan Boudreau 
spoke at John's funeral service. • We should be 
proud of our classmates who are authors. Jim 
LePore practiced law for 25 years in New Jersey 
before retiring to write full time. His first novel, 
an international thriller titled A World I Never 
Made, was published in April by The Story 
Plant. Jim has two more novels coming out in 
2010: Blood of My Brother and Son and Princes. 
Jim Ciullo of Pittsfield has written his third 
novel, an international suspense/mystery 
called Maracaibo (Mainly Murder Press). It is 
a sequel to his 2007 novel Orinoco. • Last July, 
Bob Burke, MA'70, was appointed the Gordon 
A. Friesen Professor of Health Care Adminis- 
tration at George Washington University. Bob 
is also the chair of the Department of Health 
Services Management and Leadership at GWU. 
• Our 40th reunion class raised a total of 
$3,716,227 for BC; 403 classmates made a gift 
this year, which translates to 29 percent partic- 
ipation, a 23.6 percent increase over participation 
last year. Thanks and kudos are extended to 
cochairs John Buehler and Dan Denihan and 
fellow committee members Pat Daly JD'73, 
Marty Gavin MBA74, Dan Meehan, Ken Nolan, 
and John Amato. • George Poutasse retired and 
moved with wife Anne to Ormond Beach, FL, 
in 2003. George and Anne are celebrating the 
birth of their grandson. 

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Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello 
4088 Meadowcreek Lane 
Copley, OH 44321 

I feel lucky! I continue to have news for you! 
• Carol Romano Tuohey recently finished 
another stint with the Maryland legislature. 
Now she is reaping the bounty of her plentiful 
garden. • Sarah Ford Baine says she was sorry 
to miss the reunion. Three of her four children 
are married and live in Chicago, and one lives 
in New York City. She has five grandchildren. 

Her husband, Steve, has been working in 
Columbus, OH, for the last few years but is now 
doing some projects in Chicago. Sarah is 
involved at Loyola Academy and Children's 
Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She enjoyed her 
time on the board of the BC Alumni Association. 
She sends her best to everyone. • Lila Mellen 
reports that, even though she was really sick and 
coughed her way through it, she survived the 
26.2-mile walkathon she did in memory of 
Ginny Turner Lombard, PhD'79. She had to 
camp out on Saturday night. After that experi- 
ence, she will never make fun of staying at a 
Motel 6 ever again. They will probably leave 
the light on for you, Lila. Her husband, Marty, 
was there on Sunday morning to fuel her with 
Dunkin' Donuts and encouragement. Not once 
did her feet say "stop!" • Deborah Donovan 
e-mailed several pictures. She lives in a darling 
historic home in a small, quaint section of New 
London, CT. Other photographs showed her 
entire family celebrating that most recent 
notable birthday. And I can't forget to mention 
the pictures of her playful cats. Their antics keep 
her laughing and busy. • Sue Davies Maurer 
recently returned from a 16-day trip down the 
Rhine in Germany. • I also heard from Alicia 
Brophey, JD'72. She has been looking for an 
address for Mary Donovan. Can anybody help? 
She recently got together with Nancy McGinn 
Nisonson, Jo Flynn Pouliot, Joanne McMorrow 
Struzziery, Liz Walker Talbot, and Barbie Van 
Ess Mclnerney. Maybe I will get some more 
news. • Christine LoPonte Peleckis was so dis- 
appointed not to be able to attend the reunion. 
At the time, she was managing a big project at 
the hospital where she is employed in health 
information management and couldn't get away. 
• Debbie Madison Nolan, who did attend the 
reunion, wrote that even though the group was 
small, they had a lot of fun. She thought every- 
one looked pretty good for 62. Her first novel, 
Suddenly Lily, has just been published by Avalon 
Books. Look for it under her married name. 



Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 


15 George Street 

Wayland, MA 01778; 508-655-1497 

Hi, gang! • One classmate who will not be 
setting the dress code for our 40th reunion 
celebration is Kevin Ahearn, the uber-agent 
of Boston waterfront real estate, who was 
just named one of the Boston Globe's 100 best- 
dressed Bostonians. Special mention was made 
of his suits. From the pictures. Kevin, you do look 
great! • Got a nice e-mail from Tom Hessler. 
writing in from picturesque Bozeman, MT 
which he loves. Tom and his wife, Gatchina, have 
been living in the Rockies for some time now. 
Tom has two grown children, Jennifer and 
Adam, and is the grandfather of two. Thanks, 
Tom, for the great pictures of Montana — it's 
beautiful country, certainly a long way from 
Chestnut Hill. • Heard from the squire of 
Litchfield, CT. Bill Conti, JD'73, w ho is practicing 
law in his own firm in that county. His wife, 
Linda, and daughter Marissa '03 are both 
teachers, in the Litchfield and Boston school 
systems, respectively, while son Christian, a 
Wake Forest grad, is working in San Francisco. 
Bill guarantees that he, together with the rest of 


the crew from 13 01 Comm. Ave. Alan Montis, 
David Angelicola, and Dick Costa, will be in 
evidence at our reunion in the spring. A little 
older but no wiser.... • Fr. Tony Penna, MDI'74, 
MEd'75, for the last nine years the chaplain 
to athletics, has been named BC's director of 
campus ministry. Tony, the first non-Jesuit 
to hold the position, has been with the office 
of Campus Ministry for 17 years. He is also 
a resident minister in Ignacio Hall and a 
well-known figure in the spiritual life of the 
campus. • As time passes along for all of us, 
it seems a sad duty to end this column with a 
few words about classmates whose company 
we shall not again enjoy Richard Schnaidt, a 
longtime literature teacher and tennis coach at 
St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, passed 
away in late June. He was highly regarded at 
the school not only for 28 years of service but 
also for his scholarship and good humor. The 
school's annual Founder's Day dinner this year 
will be dedicated to his memory. Our sympathy 
is extended to his wife, Sheryl, and son William. 
Although he was a health dub owner, marathon 
runner, and racquetball champion, John Snyder 
could not defeat the ravages of cancer and passed 
away this past July. John was one of our best 
hockey players those many years ago and for 
the last 20 years had owned and operated Mass. 
Health and Fitness in his adopted hometown 
of Shrewsbury. We extend our sympathy to 
his wife, Justine, and to his children and their 
spouses. • We'll see you all soon — make 
your plans now for a truly memorable reunion 
in the spring. 

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Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 
3231 Klingle Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

Congratulations to Jane McMahon on her July 
marriage to Steve Zaleta! Jane and Steve 
celebrated their union at a small, intimate service 
in Roxbury, CT, complete with bagpiper, 
picture-perfect steepled New England church, 
and brunch overlooking a mountain lake. Their 
next big decision: how to consolidate three 
households (Jane's Litchfield townhome, the 
carriage house Steve built on 13 secluded acres 
outside town, and Jane's vacation home in San 
Miguel de Allende, Mexico). We'll look forward to 
hearing more! Also attending were Julie 
McCarthy and Liz Scannell Burke. Julie enjoys 
being a school psychologist and the rewards that 
accompany improving children's lives. Recent 
budget cuts keep her servicing three separate 
schools in western Massachusetts, adding the joy 
of variety and the hassle of extra commuting to 
her life. Liz, recovering from major surgery, was 
headed to Prince Edward Island for summer's 
duration. • Mary McAllister Fader is excited about 
our June 40th reunion. She enjoys the Newton 
College Book Club facilitated by Professor Judith 
Wilt, the Newton College Alumnae Chair in 
Western Culture. In addition to lively discussion, 
Mary appreciates seeing tangible evidence that 
Newton's influence on BC remains alive and 
well. Responding to our "big 60" celebration 
stories, Mary reports celebrating hers at a family- 
organized party at her great-grandfather's Long 
Island home. Guests represented all parts of her 
life — family (including her two grandchildren), 

first grade, high school, and a London stint. 
Having moved frequently, Mary fantasized about 
life "in one place," but her party confirmed to her 
the value of traveling and meeting new friends — 
indeed, even unleashed residual wanderlust. 
We'll await travel reports! • Jane Garvey Reilly also 
eagerly anticipates our reunion. She teaches 
swimming at Miami's Sacred Heart school, visits 
Marcia McGrath Abbo in Key Biscayne, and met 
Jane McMahon in Mexico when visiting 
San Miguel (where she obtained her master's) 
to reexperience its laid-back lifestyle. They 
discovered their mutual appreciation for San 
Miguel and Latino history/culture through this 
column! • I missed Kathy Sheehan yet again on 
one of her periodic visits to DC, as I was vacation- 
ing. We must live under the same star as we 
always travel at the same time. I hope we will 
reune in June, if not before. • The nation may 
face a tight job market and dismal real estate 
market, but Mary Ann Iraggi tackled and con- 
quered both. Congratulations! When her position 
was eliminated at ShopNBC (TV/Internet 
retailer) in Minneapolis, she found a comparable 
position she thoroughly enjoys in a small, pri- 
vately-held company in Fargo, ND. She is now 
the merchandise manager for junior denim, bot- 
toms, and accessories at Vanity Shop, a junior 
retail store chain. She also managed to sell her 
Minnesota home so husband Geoff and their 
three cats could join her in South Fargo, where 
she welcomes classmates' visits. She and Clare 
Angelozzi MacDonald, Alison Caughman, and 
Joan Thompson Rogers held a mini-reunion in 
Nashville, where Joan's daughter attends Vander- 
bilt. They went to the Grand Ole Opry, toured, 
and "laughed and shared our lives, and by the 
end of the weekend, all the years had melted 
away, and we were already discussing our next 
planned reunion." • I just returned from San 
Antonio, where we celebrated the marriage of 
our eldest son, Chris. There is nothing more 
fulfilling than seeing your child embark on a 
wonderful new life as all who have celebrated 
children's weddings or welcomed grandchildren 
can attest. So let's close with a toast to Jane and 
Steve, to all our offspring starting new families, 
and to lovers young and old everywhere! 


Correspondent: James R. Macho 

gog Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA g4iog 

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Correspondent: Georgina M. Pardo 
6800 SW 67th Street 
South Miami, FL 33143 

Greetings, everyone. Renie Nachtigal Patterson 

reported on the gala that was held on June 4 in 
the late Kildeen Moore's honor by VoicesAgainst This event, held at Hammer- 
stein Ballroom in New York City, raised money 
for brain cancer research and clinical trials. 
Kildeen's physician from Sloan Kettering, Dr. 
DeAngeles, was an honoree. Newton friends and 
classmates who attended were Carol Tiffany 
Hastings, Lois Bligh Farris, Joanne Kennedy 
Bowers, and Renie. They were joined by John 

Rogers and many members of Kildeen's family 
who had organized the event. It was a fantastic 
evening for all. • On a lighter note, my wonderful 
husband, Ed Cutie, surprised me with a trip to 
Italy's Lake Como and Venice for my 60th 
birthday. We had a blast! As an added fun factor, 
it seems that cousins from my mother's side 
emigrated to Italy from Cuba and settled in 
the Venice area. We met one cousin's daughter 
and her husband for breakfast at our hotel. It 
seems my mother's cousin was a regular at 
Harry's Bar and hung around Hemingway. 
Although my Italian is very rusty (Ed's is better), 
we made ourselves understood. Many thanks to 
Dr. Ubaldo DiBenedetto, who taught us Italian 
at Newton! • Hope everyone is well. Please keep 
posting news and sending me information. 


Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

330 South Barrington Avenue, No. no 

Los Angeles, CAgooqg 

I'll start with some good news. When Tony 
Sanchez '10 was selected by the Pittsburgh 
Pirates with the fourth pick in this year's Major 
League Baseball draft, it meant a unique 
distinction for BC: We've now had top-five 
draft choices in all four major spectator sports, 
a claim that I believe no other college or 
university can make. The other draftees are 
Matt Ryan '07 in football, Terry Driscoll '69 
(now athletic director at William & Mary) in bas- 
ketball, and Bill Guerin '92 (one of three Eagles 
on the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh 
Penguins) in hockey. I'm glad I got to report 
this, because otherwise it's been a sad year 
for BC sports fans of our era. • Kevin Clemente, 
who was a three-year starter at inside linebacker 
and later a businessman in Boca Raton, FL, 
passed away in May. He was a standout on 
the teams that won 17-4 in our junior and 
senior years. • Not much news from classmates 
this time, but I did hear from financial advisor- 
author Phil Fragasso: He and Brigham Young 
University finance professor Craig Israelsen 
have coauthored a book, Your Nest Egg Game 
Plan, which has drawn favorable reviews from 
columnist Jane Bryant Quinn. Phil is president 
of I-Pension LLC and a resident of Wellesley. 
He has a website to promote the book: • Also, I heard from 
Coleman Szely, who has been appointed to the 
board of directors of the New Jersey Society of 
CPAs. • My condolences to the families of 
Joseph Murphy of Milton and Nancy 
Niedzwiecki Celentano of Westport, CT, both 
of whom passed away this past spring. Nancy 
was a teacher who held a master's degree 
from Columbia University. Joe worked for the 
Social Security Administration. • A correction 
from my last column: The Rochester, NY, alma 
mater of Bill Cherry '74, MA75; John Coll, 
MBA74; and many other classmates is Bishop 
McQuaid High School. 

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Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
7326 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 


We lead with how Kathleen Connor reacted to 
receiving the Study of Western Culture reading 
list: "Oh my gosh! Nancy, this is priceless, just 
priceless. It is a walk into another era. I look 
forward to trying to recreate some of those 
readings. Thanks for coordinating this." Katie 
O'Shea McGillicuddy NC'70 also sent her 
praise for our SWC experience: "Thank you so 
much for this! I'm looking at the titles of the 
lectures and the readings, our professors, and 
thinking, 'What a brilliant course this was.' ' 
• Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., an 
executive search and leadership consulting 
firm, appointed Jane D. Hartley to its board of 
directors. • Reid and Mary-Catherine Deibel 
had a spectacular visit with Rosemary Welsh 
Evans and her family — husband Rob, Robby, 
Elizabeth, and Paul. Mary-Catherine and Reid 
were on the West Coast, visiting Reid's family 
in Vancouver, and met the Evanses for a day at 
their family cottage on Lake Sammamish out- 
side Seattle. • As our fall leads to winter, please 
take a moment to send along news. Take care. 

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Correspondent: Patricia Di Pi Ho 
ig Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

Happy fall and the 40th anniversary of Wood- 
stock! • I got lots of mail this time. Keep it coming! 

• John Doerr recently coauthored a book, Happy 
Professional Services Marketing: How the Best 
Firms Build Premier Brands, Thriving Lead 
Generation Engines, and Cultures of Business 
Development Success (Wiley). John is cofounder 
and president of the Wellesley Hills Group. 

• Gerry Sanfilippo is VP of the Boston Police 
detectives' union. He encourages classmates to 
e-mail him at • Jo-Ellen 
Darcy was confirmed as President Obama's 
choice for assistant secretary of the Army, Civil 
Works. • Kevin Glynn wrote that he owns Choice 
Printing Corporation, and he gave an update 
on his family. He can be reached at keving • Sean Rush, MBA'81, wrote 
that he is now president and CEO of Junior 
Achievement Worldwide, among other things. 

• Sadly, we have lost another classmate. Leni 
Muscarella passed away on June 4. • Thanks 
for all the e-mails and updates. Those nearby, 
get out and root for the Eagles! 

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Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 
PO Box 1207 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 
From a mini-reunion in Barrington, RI, in July 
2008: Anne Rafferty Crowley is the Pennsylvania 
global warming outreach coordinator for the 
National Audubon Society. Judy Reach Condit, 
MA'75, retired as a consulting partner for IBM 
and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York 
City. James and Kate Novack Vick continue to 
operate J. Stockard Fly Fishing, their second 
career online venture. Son Charles is a business 
analyst at Lutron Electronics; Sarah is a senior 
physics major at Stanford, where she's a 
member of the Polo Club. The energy of 
youth! Kate sent me a lovely picture of her 

family at Lake Tahoe, where they had their 
annual family ski trip. Liz Regan is a paralegal 
with Goodwin Procter in Boston, and Peggy 
Publicover Kring is the principal of a Title I 
school in Jacksonville, FL. Kathie Sullivan 
Murray is an attorney with the Rhode Island 
Department of Education. • In other news, 
Bob and Cindi Norton Cockren celebrated 
their 30th anniversary in August. Erin graduated 
from Georgetown in 2006 and is at Saatchi & 
Saatchi; Garrett '09 began at Goldman Sachs 
in July; and Ryan is a senior at Marist College. 
Bob is a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein. 
• I received a warm note from Christine 
Richards Beauchamp, who is in San Juan (OK, 
that's a pun). She and Pedro — her boyfriend, 
when she was at Newton, who was "greeted 
nightly by Mrs. Donahue at Duchesne East" — 
have three children. Gabriel, married, is a 
Georgetown alumna and now a lawyer in 
Puerto Rico. PJ graduated from American 
University and Parsons School. He is a graphic 
artist. Giovanna '07 is in medical school, 
following in her dad's footsteps. Pedro and 
Christine returned to Puerto Rico, after his 
medical training, where he has a thriving 
infertility practice. Christine is on the board of 
the Puerto Rico Golf Association and a member 
of the Rules Committee. This honor has allowed 
her to travel and promote the sport while 
having great fun. She sends a big "shout-out" 
to her buds: Mary Kay, Nancy, Karen, Linda, 
Marilyn, Joyce, Betsy, and Debbie. You know 
who you are! • Happy news from across the 
pond: a grandson, named Finn, for Tom and 
Margi Mulcahy O'Neill. • Sheila Brogan, 
MA'75, an< ^ Bill Reilly '71 had the pleasure of 
vacationing in Chatham with their three adult 
children. Kate is a recent Villanova Law graduate, 
poised to work in New York City. • If you 
ignored the e-mail from BC about keeping in 
touch.. .well, dig it up and write! 


Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 

33 Stratton Lane 
Foxborough, MA 02033 

I hope you are well! Right after our reunion, 
I received a note from Bob Grip. He 
and Marie (Sheehy) celebrated their 35th 
wedding anniversary while enjoying our BC 
celebration. Congratulations! Bob has been 
elected president of the International Thomas 
Merton Society, an organization that promotes a 
greater knowledge of the life and writings 
of the Trappist monk and author. • I am sorry to 
have to end these notes asking for prayers for the 
families of three of our classmates who have 
passed away in the last few months. Please 
remember Kathy (Warzocha) Heffernan, who 
died in August, and Kevin Fee and Jeffrey 
Woodworth, who died in early May. They will ail 
be greatly missed. • Take care. Please note my 
new e-mail address, and send some news. 

NC I974 

Correspondent: Beth Docktor Nolan 
693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02493 

Our 35th class reunion news continues 
with classmates' notes compiled during the 
dinner and brunch, beginning with Martha 
O'Donnell Rogers's: "Thank you to NCDS 
for the great dinner on our 35th! It was so 
good to speak with each other last night and 
today. We laughed at and enjoyed Jerri 
Muldoon's movies." • An anonymous class- 
mate wrote, "So happy that Kathy Demello 
McClaskey, Sue Sullivan-Sullivan, Stephanie 
Rogers Sullivan, Mary Lou Maloney Howard 
MBA'88, Cissy Fagan, and also their 
respective dates celebrated being together for 
reunion weekend. The fun was only surpassed 
by Saturday's fun dinner dance at NCDS. 
Great to see all." • Susan Closter Godoy wrote, 
"Thank you to all for a wonderful reunion! 
I'm still living in Newport, RI, with Carlos, 
working in South Providence doing fundrais- 
ing for Dorcas Place." • From Barbara Anne 
"BA" Cagney, "My mother says hello to all. 
My siblings remember the football games 
and the shrimp! Sr. de la Chapelle continues 
to be my boss!" • Jeannie Graham Canada 
"is happily married and living in St. Louis." 
Dorothy "Dot" Donovan "teaches computer 
and Braille at the Lowell Association for the 
Blind." • Mary Ellen Keegan Keyser "enjoyed 
watching all three of [our] children grow 
and has started a laptop business selling 
oar jewelry that [my] husband, Nelson, 
makes." Visit 
• From Madeline Sherry, "I am enjoying 
catching up with everyone. I am a partner with 
Gibbons P.C. My oldest son, Patrick Devine, 
just graduated from Villanova; my younger 
son, Michael Devine, just finished his second 
year at the University of Pennsylvania. 
It seems like yesterday that we were freshmen 
at Newton." • Sharon McCarthy is "still 
living in Harvard, MA, doing environmental 
consulting; enjoying our three teenagers, 
from rowing regattas with our son and 
horse shows with his twin sister, to looking 
at colleges (yikes) with our oldest." • I will 
continue your notes from the reunion in 
the next issue. 



Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

249 Lincoln Street 

Nonvood, MA 02062; 781-769-9342 

Hello, everyone. Please mark your calendars 
for our 35th reunion on June 4-6, 2010. 
Additional details will be forthcoming. • Gail 
Massari and her dear friend Jill Mitrosky van 
Soest send greetings to all classmates. Gall has 
lived in Raleigh, NC, since 1980, when she 
moved to earn an MEd in tech adult ed. She 
works in Cary, developing technical new media to 
market software at SAS. She loves her volunteer 
work, which includes hearing screening for 
newborns. She has two daughters: One is a jazz 
singer in Dallas and the other an international 
studies student in DC. She would love to hear 
from South St. and Heights friends (gmassari Jill has lived overseas and worked 
for the Department of Defense as a special ed 
coordinator since 1979. After earning her mas- 
ter's in deafblind education from Hunter College, 
she was hired by the DoD and began a 30-year 
career, first at Lakenheath Air Force Base in 


England and then at NATO Headquarters in the 
Netherlands. Her husband is Dutch, and their 
son is a translator. Jill will soon be retiring and 
would love to get in touch with friends. She can 
be reached at • Congratula- 
tions to Paul and Lisa Kasper Centofanti on the 
recent marriage of their daughter Lauren' 04, 
MS'08, to JP Fournier, MBA'07. Thirty years ago, 
Lisa and Paul were married in Trinity Chapel 
on the BC Law School campus. Lauren and 
JP were thrilled to follow in their footsteps. A 
perfect summer evening reception followed the 
ceremony at Stonehurst in Waltham. Lauren is 
the manager of corporate partnerships for BC's 
Chief Executives' Club of Boston, and JP works 
at Fidelity as a private equity analyst. Paul and 
Lisa's daughter Elizabeth graduated from North- 
eastern in 2008. She played field hockey there 
and now coaches at Stonehill College. Paul Jr. is 
entering his sophomore year at Providence Col- 
lege, and Dana is a freshman at BU. • Congrats to 
Jane Lichman Oates, Carolyn Clancy, and Lesley 
Visser, H'07, on their achievements! Jane, Presi- 
dent Obama's choice to head the Employment 
and Training Administration, was confirmed by 
the Senate in June. A Philadelphia native, she 
earned her master's from Arcadia University. 
Carolyn has been named the 2009 recipient of 
the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services 
Research. She is a graduate of UMass Medical 
School. In July, Lesley was voted the "No. 1 
Female Sportscaster" by the American Sports- 
casters Association. Lesley was the first woman 
assigned to Monday Night Football as well as the 
first to cover a Super Bowl sideline and the first to 
join the Pro Football Hall of Fame. • Maureen 
Martin-Brown, MEd'76, enjoyed her vacation 
getaway from Missoula, MT, visiting family, 
renewing acquaintances, and catching up with 
East Coast classmates for lunches and beach days 
along the splendid Cape Cod coastline. Among 
the BC alums she spent time with were Carole 
Magazu Mega-Ayers, Jo Ann Przewoznik Woods, 
Cathy Collins Martone, Evelyn Brunaccini 
Milner, and yours truly. Maureen would love 
to hear from BC classmates as well as those 
from her Archbishop Williams High School 
days (Gary Emond and Bill Weiler). She can 
be reached at • Thank you and 
merry Christmas and best wishes to all for a 
joyous holiday season. 


UNION 2009 

Correspondent: Mary Stevens McDermqtt 

56 Deer Meadow Lane 

Chatham, MA 02633; 508-945-2477 

Hello, ladies. I've heard from many of you that 
Beth Reifers lost her mother in June after a long 
illness. Kathy Curry Thibault wrote that "quite a 
few Newton girls made the trip to New Canaan. 
The service was a wonderful tribute to her mom 
and their entire family, and with all the family 
stories told, we all know where Beth gets her 
outgoing spirit. Also in attendance were Posey 
Holland Griffin, Ann Vernon Fallon, Kim Mar- 
shall, and Enid Harton. Although the reason for 
the get-together was a sad one, it was nice to catch 
up with friends." Kathy also sent contact info for 
Betsy Costello Forbes. If you would like to have 
that, please let me know. • I spent four days with 
my Hardy first-floor pals (Nancy, Louise, Liz, 
Lisa, and Cyndee) in July at Nancy's lake house in 

Wolfeboro, NH. We talked over each other 
(shocking!) with late-night stories about our now 
nearly grown children and our own adventures, 
including Cyndee Crowe Frere's election in 
Dover, VT, as justice of the peace, which makes 
her B&B at the foot of Mount Snow a full-service 
stop! Fun to have Liz Mahoney Flaherty join the 
admissions office staff at the Madeira School in 
McLean, VA, where she can catch lunch with 
Sheila Reilly, the director of college counseling. 
Cool small world. • Posting Karen Foley Free- 
man's pictures from the Fairfield County Newton 
spring tea to the website, in her words, "proved it 
really happened." Karen also noted that "Anne 
McCormick Hubbard, who was an art major with 
us (but didn't graduate from Newton), lives in 
Rowayton and was delighted to catch up as 
well." • Back now to a beautiful September 
afternoon in Chatham, where the white sharks 
are lending an exciting end to the summer. Will 
you send me news of your summer vacations 
and winter plans, please? New jobs or classes you 
take and/or teach? Check online for expanded 
and late-breaking news! Stay close to each other 
(plan those get-together dinners and weekends) 
and as always, pray for peace. 


Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 0245c) 

Mark Alba started out with us and always 
considered himself a bicentennial baby. He 
officially graduated with the Class of '77, but he 
was always one of us. Mark passed away last June 
due to heart failure. A longtime resident of 
Delray Beach, FL, he had once worked for Merrill 
Lynch of New York and remained a financial 
trader. He was an avid reader of military history 
and an accomplished builder of tiki bars and 
desks, among other things. Mark is missed by 
many, including Wayne R. Davies. Rest in peace. 
• Cam (Flanders) Van Noord started out teach- 
ing, and now she's back at it. She spent last July 
at the Montessori training center in New Hamp- 
shire and now is lead teacher of fourth- and sixth- 
graders at a Florida Montessori school. Cam says 
she's lovin' it! • Robert Rusak rejoined Time 
Warner Cable over a year ago. He'd worked for 
that concern in various positions for over 15 years. 
In between, he served as CFO of two venture 
capital-backed technology companies. Robert 
and wife Pat have three children; two are college 
grads, and their youngest, Kyle, is a junior at 
Loyola College, Baltimore. So, no empty nest just 
yet! • Here's wishing all a happy and healthy 
autumn and winter. Please contact me with all 
your news. God bless! 


Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 0685a; 203-829-9122 

In February, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. 
announced the three local student winners of 
its Terry McMorrow Memorial Scholarships. 
The award winners are students who demon- 
strate the ideals and values that Terry repre- 

sented in his role as VP of finance at Ferring, 
where he served for nearly a decade before 
his death in 2007. His dedication, drive, enthu- 
siasm, and achievements were an inspiration 
to many company employees. 


Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 203-966-8580 

I finally heard some news from a few of you; 
thank you, thank you! First up is Kathleen 
Norris, who lives in Plymouth, NH, but before 
that lived in Alaska! Kathleen is an assistant 
professor in educational leadership for the 
doctoral program and teaches graduate 
research courses at Plymouth State University. 
She also serves as an alumni admissions 
representative. • Another resident of New 
England, Rich O'Meara (known fondly by his 
BC friends as "Rich O") writes that last 
summer he and three of his buddies from 
school — Rick McDonald, Kevin McLaughlin, 
and John Cornell JD'82 — took a two-day boat 
trip on Rich's Black Watch 26-foot powerboat 
to Block Island; they had invited three other 
'78er.s — Rich Thompson, Tad Waldbauer, and 
Rich Scheller — but, as Rich puts it, "they foolishly 
worked!" Rich lives near Newport, RI, with 
wife Elizabeth and grandson David. Rich works 
in the composite industry (carbon fiber and 
core materials used to build wind turbine 
blades, high-end boats, and "green" buildings). 
He reports that business is going well despite 
the economy. • Also doing well is Maryjo 
Glennon Goodhue, who is a contract recruiter 
at Quest Diagnostics in Cambridge. She is 
married to Steve Goodhue '77, who is a 
consultant at Citizens Bank. They have three 
children: Michael (Northeastern '07), who is a 
wastewater engineer in Connecticut; Colleen 
(Ithaca '09), who's in New York City trying to 
break into the TV and radio industry (Maryjo 
would be so grateful if any BC alum could help 
her with an introduction); and Brian, who's a 
sophomore at St. Michael's College in Vermont. 
The Goodhues live in Marshfield, where "the 
beaches are beautiful, and everyone is welcome!" 
• This past summer, Joyce Gallagher Sullivan's 
daughter, J. Courtney Sullivan (the "J" is short 
for Julie, after yours truly, her namesake), had 
her first novel, Commencement, published, 
and it was on the New York Times best-seller 
list. Congrats to mom and daughter! • I would 
love to congratulate more of you on recent 
achievements career-related, new marriage- 
related, new grandchildren-related, yada yada 
yada. Rush to your computers, people! 


Correspondent: Stacey O'Rourke 

1445 Commonwealth Avenue 
West Newton, MA 02465 

Jane Sullivan Murphy was kind enough to 
send an update after the reunion. Jane and Jim 
have been married for 18 years. Son and 
daughter Conor and Fiona both attend Millburn 
(NJ) High School. Jane volunteers for the 


Archdiocese of New York Catholic Guardian 
Society and Home Bureau, where she is vice 
chair of the board of directors and is also 
involved in private fundraising. A lawyer by 
training, Jane runs a multifamily office in New 
York under the name of Family CFOLLC. At 
the reunion, she reunited with Jim Tansy, 
John Martines. Beth Jacobs Gottesdiener, and 
Annie Keller. She and her cohorts spent the 
afternoon prior to the reunion on a roof 
garden of what was once "Chips Pub" in Cleve- 
land Circle. She assures us that the reminisc- 
ing and the margaritas were delightful. The 
group missed the friends who could not make 
the reunion: Joe and Nancy (Cusick) Zajac, 
Mitchell Malian. Brenda Hamlet, Patty Goeken 
Eggimann, Lynn O'Hara Curvey, and Kime 
Holman. • Karen Black Adams requested reunion 
pictures and tells us that she and her husband 
moved to Raleigh, NC, in June 2006 for better 
weather than in Franklin, MA, where they had 
spent the previous 20 years. Karen adds that 
Holly Freyre has just started her Executive 
MBA at the University of Miami and has two 
children, one at the University of Washington 
and the other at Princeton. • Holly Smith 
Shrikhande is in India with her husband and 
two daughters. Her husband was recently 
appointed head of Rolls-Royce India after 
a stint with Boeing Operations in India. 

• Laura Cady Lauman is an executive at Life 
Technologies and lives in Palo Alto, CA, with 
her 22-year-old son, who is also in the biotech 
industry. Laura has been taking courses 
in wine at UC Davis and hopes to work in 
that industry for her second career. She has 
participated in BC technology forum events 
and has enjoyed networking with alumni. 

• Gary Kayakachoian is a finance professor at 
URI and lives in Narragansett. He expressed 
regret about missing the reunion. • Pat Bonan, 
a founding member of the Council for Women 
of Boston College, was the cochair of the 
council's Continuing the Journey program held 
in New York on November 16. The program 
is a three-part career series for BC alumnae 
navigating a path back into the workforce. 

(UNION 2009 

Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 

Sunrise Harbor 

1040 Seminole Drive, Unit 1131 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

It's our reunion year, classmates! Stay tuned 
for info on upcoming events. Facebook fan? 
Join the "Boston College Class of 1980 30th 
Reunion" group, or go the old-fashioned route 
(but never admit you're not "socially connected!") 
at • Eileen (Murphy) 
Krouse, one of my freshman-year Cheverus 
floor-mates, writes that she has been living 
in Princeton, MA, for 16 years, and married 
the last 13. Her stepdaughter just graduated from 
college. Eileen works in the corporate offices of 
Staples in Framingham. Earlier, she worked at 
Fidelity Investments, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls 
in the HR and paralegal fields. Shout-out, fellow 
freshman year Cheverus gals, writel • David 
Pluta reports he saw the 2008 class note from 
his junior year Hillsides' roommate, Harold 
Regan. Harry was instrumental in David's 
life: He introduced him to the BC computer 

Herb Scannell '79 


If anyone exemplifies the 
old business adage that the 
"first to market wins," it's 
Herb Scannell '79. The former 
longtime president of Nick- 
elodeon, Scannell transformed 
the station from a small niche 
channel for children to a cable 
powerhouse. Under his creative 
watch, delightfully clever shows 
such as SpongeBob SquarePants 
and Dora the Explorer became 

Since March 2007, Scannell 
has pioneered another venture, 
Next New Networks, the leading 
independent producer of online 
television networks. Scannell is 
co-founder and currently serves as 
executive chairman — overseeing 
16 online channels. One network, 

Barely Political, presents a satirical blend of short skits and music videos and spawned the 
memorable characters Obama Girl and the Mitt Romney Triplets during the last presi- 
dential election. To date, Next New Networks' offerings have tallied more than 600 mil- 
lion views — a testament to having an appealing product and staying ahead of the curve. 

"Similar to the rise of cable, we're experiencing a transformation in media again, 
and the Internet is becoming people's first choice for information and entertainment," 
says Scannell. "My hope is that Next New Networks changes the media landscape 
for the future." 

Below, Scannell brings to life more of his thoughts and reflections: 

After piloting Nickelodeon to the top, Herb Scannell 
has turned to the Internet and Next New Networks. 


I'm proud of my time at Nickelodeon — 
helping it become the top-rated cable network. 


Getting married, having two kids, and 
watching the ball roll through Bill Buckner's 
legs in '86 — I'm a big Mets fan. 


Senior week, though it was a blur. 

To continue to find innovations in digital 
media that upend traditional media. 


Join an activity that you love. For me, that 
was managing the student radio station, 
WZBC. I'm proud that we helped usher 
in some new music from local artists 
and punk bands. 


My hair color is different (it's a 
self-described "steely gray"), and 
I'm living in New York City. 


Both my father and brother went to 
BC, and I liked the campus. 


Doing something you love. 


The Dust Bowl on a sunny day, 
but I spent a lot of time in the 
McElroy basement [the location of 
WZBC's studio]. 


I'd try to lower tuition. 



lab, which launched David's 20-year IT career 
with Hasbro in Rhode Island. In 2000, David 
reinvented himself: He returned to BC, earning 
a master's degree and a national certification 
in rehabilitation counseling, specializing in 
rehabilitation for the deaf. David now works 
for the Social Security Administration, adminis- 
tering Connecticut's disability program. He 
sends a shout-out to all: "Are we going en masse 
to our reunion?" • Tom McGuire of Fall River was 
recently appointed a justice of the Massachusetts 
Superior Court and is enjoying it very much! 

• Gina Laidlaw Berger is an empty-nester at the 
moment, with two daughters in college, a son 
in boarding school, and a husband living over- 
seas. • Lisa (Brown) Sheehan is married to Phil 
Sullivan. They live with their five children 
in Darnestown, MD. Their oldest daughter 
graduated in May from Providence College, two 
are in college, and two are in high school. Lisa 
reports, "That is a lot of tuition!" As the director 
of development at St. Ann's Infant & Maternity 
Home, outside Washington DC, she looks after 
mistreated children removed from their homes 
and young single moms and their children. Lisa 
says she was inspired while at BC, living a life 
filled with spirituality and faith. • Jim Tyrrell has 
been living in Sudbury for 15 years with wife 
Laura Duffey '81 and their three children. Son 
Jimmy is a sophomore at BC. They enjoy many 
BC football and basketball games, play golf, and 
spend time on Squam Lake, in New Hampshire. 

• Thankfully, I am still hearing of 50th birthday 
celebrations. By far, this soiree gets the class's 
"Nifty 50 Palooza Award"! Senior Week II, 
Avalon, NJ, 43 classmates and significant others 
gathered to celebrate life and reconnect with 
friends after 28 years! Activities: Katie and Tom 
Lamb's 26th wedding anniversary dinner, golf, 
beach, biking, walks, shopping, Stone Harbor, 
Cape May, and dinner at the Princeton. The 
marquee event was Saturday night dinner and 
dancing highlighted by a visit from Old Man 
BC (Chris Simmons) and a video of our 
years at BC produced by pro Midge (Marrinan) 
Galligan. The weekend also included after-hours 
parties, water skiing, tubing, and more. Also 
attending were Diane (Bancroft) Zuspan, Paula 
(Bruskiewitz) Craig, Bill Cain, Annmarie (Coyle) 
Finley, Elise (Daly) Parker, Mike and Tee (Doyle) 
Devine, Debbie (Dolcetti) Kutyreff, John 
and Nancy (D'Alfonso) Frates, Michele (Toscani) 
'81 and Mike Gallagher, Steve Galligan, Eileen 
Garred, Jeannie (Goldman) Haeckel, Kevin 
Grimm, Joanne (Harrison) Mazar, Dick 
Jennings, Matt and Jane (Dolan) Kane, Paul 
LaHiff, Mary (Larkin) Thomson, Mike Loftus, Bill 
Mangan, Tom Merck, Mary Ellen (Paisley) Lee, 
Steve Shay, Chris Simmons, Helen-Lee Stevens, 
Joanne (Tierney) Marr, and Mark Young. 

• Receiving your correspondences has been such 
a great welcome to my first year as your class 
correspondent! Reserve June 4-6 now to catch 
up in person on the Heights! Until then, keep 
those great e-mails coming. 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 


1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451: 757-428-0861 

Brett Kellam joined Deutsche Bank in New York 
as managing director and regional executive 

for its Private Client Services division. He and 
wife Sherrill (Burger) live in Greenwich, CT, 
with their two daughters. • Ann Gonzalez 
released her debut novel, Running for My Life, 
written during National Novel Writing Month 
2007 after a friend convinced her to join 
100,000 other writers and write a novel in 30 days. 
Visit her website at 

• Jamie Dahill is enjoying the New York City 
views from his roof deck at the Helena. He's 
working at a start-up medical device firm. 

• Elena Perrello lives in Maine and is an 
elementary-school counselor. She has three 
children: Lauren (24), Casey (21), and Chelsea 
(19). In May, Elena graduated with a doctorate 
in education from the University of Maine, 
where she is an adjunct instructor. • Jim and 
Mary (McDonald) Supple live in Newbury with 
their children: Lydia (27), Alexander (25), 
Christopher (23), and Evan (15). Jim works for 
Fidelity, and Mary works at the Wenham 
Museum. • Christine Armao Carlock owns a 
small business that provides educational 
instruction for implementation of the state 
immunization registry, medication adminis- 
tration, and CPR for medical providers. 
She and Paul live in Fairfax Station, VA, with 
their three sons. • Sarah Lake Acton, Debbie 
Polhamus Seeto, Kathy Harrison Webb, Susan 
Small, MJ Moltenbrey JD'84, and Betty Henry 
Maher celebrated birthdays on Fire Island, NY. 
Alice Carroll Tracy and Anne Aisenberg were 
missed. Next reunion: 2011. • Graham Smith 
is a managing partner for the CPA firm 
Macdonald Page & Co. LLC in South Portland, 
ME. He and wife Barbara have three children. 

• In fall 2008, Maureen (Bourgeois) '82 and 
Charlie Simmons renewed their vows for their 
25th wedding anniversary at St. Mary's Chapel 
on the Heights. Joining them were their four 
daughters: Jennifer '09, Julianne '11, Kimberly, 
and Kristine Grace. Charlie is an executive 
with Experian in Chicago. He and Maureen 
chair the Chicago Gasson Committee for the 
BC Fund. • Fifteen spirited Eagles flocked to 
New Jersey in July for their annual Animal 
Cup V golf tournament hosted by Tim O'Don- 
nell and Joe Harkins. George McGoldrick jour- 
neyed from Cohasset to win a newly minted 
trophy. He joins past winners Tim Laughlin, 
Jim Gorga, and cup artisan Greg Bowerman. 
Joe reports that "while hairlines and waistlines 
have 'evolved' over the past 30 years, the smiles 
beckon quickly and are as familiar as ever." 

• Teresa (Luckhowec Langworthy) McCaw, now 
twice widowed, reports that her second husband, 
Monte McCaw, died suddenly on March 28. 
Our most sincere condolences to Teresa. 


Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 
14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

My youngest daughter had hip surgery in July, so 
for much of the summer she was recuperating. 
Fortunately, we were able to spend most of it 
on the beach in Marshfield, and friends and 
family helped to make the days pass quickly. 
In September, my oldest daughter headed to 
Barcelona for her junior year abroad. • Dave 
Canavan traveled to the British Virgin Islands 
with John Mahoney, Joe DiBiase, and Ed 

Delaney. They rented a sailboat and sailed from 
island to island, scuba-dived, snorkeled, and 
visited some of the colorful eating and drinking 
establishments. Dave thought it was just like 
the old days: John organized the trip, Joe was 
the onboard chef, and Ed was the storyteller. 

• Karen Bocchicchio Hubbard reunited with 
several of her Mod-mates. Jeanne Casey Miller 
and Peggy Rice Hoyt hosted a weekend at their 
home on Nantucket in July. Morzi Degnan Tobia, 
Measi Dalton O'Rourke, Shelly Gallagher 
Creager, Lisa Kennedy Edmondson, and Beth 
O'Byrne spent the weekend catching up and 
laughing while enjoying a beautiful weekend 
wandering in town, dining at the Galley, and 
sitting on the beach. • Maureen Bennett, JD'85, 
has returned to Massachusetts after 20 years 
in San Francisco. Her wife, Ruthy, and their 
children, Gideon (6) and Micah (4) live in 
Concord. Maureen has opened a Boston office 
of her law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey 

• Anthony DeLuca, a Georgetown Law alum- 
nus, practiced law in Providence from 1985 
to 1998, when he married Martha Currie and 
moved to Atlanta. He is presently a partner at 
Dinur & DeLuca LLP. The DeLucas live two 
blocks from Piedmont Park in Midtown 
Atlanta. They catch the Eagles whenever they're 
in town for ACC games and are following Matt 
Ryan '07 and his success with the Atlanta 
Falcons. He says that BC has a tremendous 
reputation with Atlantans. • Sharon Meagher 
was elected chair of the University of Scranton's 
Department of Latin American Studies and 
Women's Studies. • Several of our classmates 
are involved with the Council for Women of 
Boston College. This past March, Katharine 
Kasper Luppy participated as a host in the Take 
a Student to Work program at Eaton Vance. 
Diane Green hosted a member reception in 
Gloucester in June, and Catherine Curtin 
Dyroff is a new member of the council. 


Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

73 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA 01876; ^78-851-6110) 

John Lakin's twin brother, Kenneth, runs the 
law firm Lakin & Lakin in Methuen, while 
John runs the Florida operation. John is a 
frequent guest on Court TV and MSNBC. Ken 
handles sports-entertainment law and has 
represented Tom Arnold and many BC NFL 
players. John has two teenagers, and Ken lives 
in Lexington with his three teenagers. • Andy 
Kelley is helping for-profit career schools 
generate leads and enrollments via social 
media, with his Andover-based company, 
Effective Student Marketing Inc. In 2004, 
Andy opened the company and has since 
grown a team of 15. • In October, Michael 
Christian, JD'86, published a new book, Write 
Like the Masters, under his pen name, William 
Cane. • Gina (Bough) Sisti of Scarsdale, NY, 
works as a real estate agent for Sotheby's Inter- 
national Realty. She has a 10-year-old daughter 
and a 13-year-old son. • From Veronica O'Shea: 
"After 23 years of leading national and regional 
software sales and service organizations, I 
moved into a global leadership role at Oracle 
in Mergers & Acquisitions. I still reside in the 
SF Bay Area but do miss Boston since moving 


to California in 1989. I would love to connect 
with Maria Massucco [Sacco]." • Diane Harri- 

gan is the editor in chief of the Bamch College 
Alumni Magazine. She worked as a senior 
writer and editor at the City University of New 
York (CUNY) for over 16 years. Diane lives in 
Meruchen, NJ. • Chris and Gael Evangelista- 
Uhl live in Southborough with their children: 
Christopher (14) and Grace (12). Gael is an 
occupational health nurse practitioner for 
Partners HealthCare System. • Christine 
(Raines) Rosner was honored by SHARE (self 
help for women affected by breast or ovarian 
cancer) at its annual "A Second Helping of Life" 
dinner. Christine is a managing director and 
the global COO of DB Advisors, the institu- 
tional investment management business of 
the Deutsche Bank Group; she has been with 
Deutsche Bank for over 24 years. She has two 
boys, ages 7 and 12. • Liz Barbera Suchy recently 
joined the Stamford, CT, law firm of Sandak 
Hennessey & Greco LLP as a partner. She 
practices in the area of land use and zoning. 
During their annual summer vacation on 
Cape Cod, Liz and her family were joined 
by Nancy Doherty, who is a senior associate 
business manager at Kraft and Nabisco in 
New Jersey. 


Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 
PO Box 628 
Belmar, NJ oyyig 

Greetings! • Kevin McCarthy retired after 25 
years in the Navy. He spent nine years as a 
naval flight officer before attending medical 
school and becoming a flight surgeon and later 
a radiologist at the National Naval Medical 
Center in Bethesda, MD. He visited 24 countries 
and moved 13 times. Kevin is now with a 
private radiology practice in Hagerstown, MD, 
and lives in Frederick with wife Lindee and 
children Patrick (17), Katie (16), Mike (14), and 
Kelly (11). • Mary Louise Vitelli returned to the 
United States after four years in Afghanistan, 
where she served as the legal energy and 
mining sector advisor to the government. She 
traveled the country and continues to work 
throughout the Central and South Asia regions. 
She left for Tajikistan in late August. • Maureen 
A. Ryan was the producer on Man on Wire, 
which won an Oscar for best documentary. 

• Susan Westover-Giali hosted the First Year 
Send-off for Southern California freshman 
from Orange and San Diego counties. Sixty 
people attended, including 14 incoming BC 
freshman. All enjoyed a trip on Susan's boat 
and a tour of Huntington Harbor. • Dan '85 
and Beth Brickley Murner live in Lexington, 
KY, with Ted (19), who is in his second year at 
the Naval Academy; Kelly (17); Coady (13); and 
Joe (9). Beth works as an educational consultant 
at College and School Planning Services. 

• Brian McCann enjoyed our reunion. He and 
others raised many glasses to classmates 
Bruce Bennett and Joe Corcoran, who are no 
longer with us. Brian is the principal of 
his alma mater, Joseph Case High School, in 
Swansea. He and his wife live in Rehoboth 
with children Fiona (12), Eliza (10), and 
Jack (8). • Tony and Penny (Sinert) Skarupa's 
daughter Haley is one of two 15-year-olds 

Elizabeth Sullivan Brown '85 


Travel to one of a dozen 
countries around the world, 
and there's an excellent 
chance you'll find Elizabeth 
Sullivan Brown's influence in its 
health care system. The director 
of clinical services at Partners 
Harvard Medical International, a 
nonprofit subsidiary of Partners 
HealthCare, Brown has overseen 
health care operations in far- 
flung countries such as India, 
Turkey, United Arab Emirates, 
Zimbabwe, and Ecuador. 

A nurse with a business 
perspective (Brown has both an 
MBA and an MS in nursing), she 
focuses her international work 
in several areas, among them 
advancing nursing care in hospi- 
tals, developing quality-improve- 
ment systems to ensure patient 
safety, and enhancing operations 
through education and training. 

Through her work, she has found fulfillment in improving health care globally 
and, in the process, has experienced new cultures. 

"As I build great long-term relationships with people in many different countries, 
I appreciate the transfer of knowledge that goes both ways," says Brown. "I definitely 
have more insights into life and health care now than I did earlier in my career." 

Below, Brown shares more of her thoughts and life lessons: 

Elizabeth Sullivan Brown has made her career 
as a globe-trotting health care specialist. 


When a patient came back to the ICU to 
find me the day he was going home. He 
wanted to thank me — he told me the last 
thing he heard during his cardiac arrest 
was my voice telling him not to be afraid 
and to hang on. 


Running the Boston Marathon as a 
Dana-Farber team member and hearing 
a pediatric patient yell, "You can do it, 
Betsy!" as I neared the finish line. 


Winter break 1984-85. Most of my 
senior class relocated to Dallas for the 
Cotton Bowl festivities during the 
height of the Doug Flutie years. 


Contemplating a Ph.D. — yikes! 




I have many more stamps in my passport. 


Its outstanding nursing program, extensive 
student life, Jesuit commitment to service, 
and amazing campus. 


Still looking! But having great mentors, 
finding a good work-life balance, and not 
taking yourself too seriously is a start. 


The Quad. 


Host a symposium on global health. 

for more q&a with elizabeth sullivan brown, visit 


selected to play on the Women's National 
Under-18 Ice Hockey Team, which trains 
alongside the Women's Olympic Team in 
Minnesota. Katie King, BC's women's hockey 
coach, also coaches U18. • Robin Antonellis's 
two older daughters are at BC, and her third 
daughter is in middle school in Belmont. 
Robin says it was exciting moving her 
girls into BC dorms and going to football 
games. Robin leads Caritas Christi Health 
Care's compensation and benefits functions 
at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. She sends 
greetings to classmates Kelly, Gayle, Lisa, 
Mark, Glenn, Megan, Alicia, Betsey, Maria, 
Janet, and Val. • Thank you and please 
write soon! 

Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 
35 Meadowhill Drive 
Tiburon, CA Q4Q20 

Happy 25th reunion! • The law firm of Bagley 
& Taranto, of which Martha Bagley is cofounder, 
opened a new office in Boston's North End. 
Martha is a trustee of East Boston Savings 
Bank. She speaks with Maria Malolepszy 
McCormack, Jennifer Tyrell Walter, Paul 
Cervizzi, and Greg Marenghi. • Marnie Arm- 
strong Weiner is a partner at Jackson Lewis 
LLP. She lives in Stamford, CT, with husband 
Alex and daughters Valerie (15) and Ali (13). 
• Hillsides C-56 roommates got together in 
California in July. Pam Risio Ferraro, Rachel 
O'Hara Kurtyka, Mary Tyrrell Coughlin, Eileen 
Goerss Thornberry, and Lisa Hartunian 
Campbell met at Dan and Michelle (Barillo) 
McGillivray's home. Jon and Rachel Kurtyka 
live in St. Davids, PA, and their son Mike is a 
freshman at BC. • Betsy Sullivan Brown 
received the first annual Dean Rita P. Kelleher 
Award from the Connell School of Nursing. 
Betsy is director of clinical services at Partners 
Harvard Medical International. • Carlorta and 
Tom Soviero hosted a summer weekend in 
August at their Falmouth house. Attendees 
included Maura Kelley and Chris Conforti, 
Kevin and Kathleen Fletcher Harrington, Tom 
Yates and Carol Schafer, Billy and Susan 
(Feeney) Sullivan, Jo Ann and Bob Foley 
MBA'91, Beezee and Tom Honan, John and 
Lisa Anthony Bellantonio, Janet and Randy 
Seidl, Sharon and Lonnie Quinn, Dan Keating, 
Cathy and Bob O'Brien, Chris Quincy, Sue '86 
and Jim Ferrera, Brendan Murphy '84, Lynn 
Chandler Spirito, Alex and Marnie Armstrong 
Weiner, Chrissy '91 and Steve Doucette, 
Phillip and Kathleen (Ferrigno) Stevens, Bill 
and Ann (Keohne) Barres, and Margarette and 
Dan Flynn. • Chris Canning was elected in 
April to his second term as president of the 
Village of Wilmette, IL. Chris recently opened 
his own law practice in Wilmette with his wife: 
Canning & Canning LLC. He recently spoke 
with Mike "The Mole" Doyle and Mike Gre- 
gory regarding their roommate Pete "Knees" 
Neronha, JD'89, who was nominated by 
President Obama to be the U.S. Attorney for 
the District of Rhode Island. • Mike King and 
his wife and three kids — 14, 12, and 9 — took a 
vacation to Boston and visited Ed Pla's family 
on Martha's Vineyard. Mike barbecues with 
John McKinney and family at his home in 

Manhattan Beach, CA, and in August met up 
with Steve Tortolani and family. Mike is the 
managing partner of the law firm Hennelly & 
Grossfeld LLP. • In July, Bill "Willie" Slater 
hosted a guys group at the Double Eagle Club 
outside Columbus. He is married to Lisa Ridg- 
way '86 and lives in Kensington, MD. Willie is 
a first vice president at Merrill Lynch in DC. 

• Mark Lavoie, JD'88, runs his own law firm in 
Boston. He and wife Susan (Hildreth) have 
two kids and live in Marblehead. • Cathy and 
Bob Miller have five kids and live in Darien, 
CT. Bob is a bond broker in New York City. 

• Living only a mile from Willie is Dennis 
Kilcullen with wife Angie and four kids. 
Dennis is a sales director for VMware. • Phil and 
Robin (Minemier) Callahan live in Wilmette, 
IL. They have three daughters; the oldest is a 
freshman at BC. Phil heads client relations for 
a hedge fund. • Bob Home lives in Winnetka, 
IL, with wife Kelly and three kids. Bob runs his 
own real estate firm. • Janet (a Notre Dame 
grad!) and Randy Seidl have four kids. The 
eldest, Philip, is a freshman at BC. Randy runs 
sales for North America for Sun Microsytems 
and lives in Wellesley. • Lindsay and Joe 
Duggan live in Darien and have four kids. 
Joe is chairman of DH Capital. 


Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
130 Adirondack Drive, 
East Greenwich, Rl 02818 

Thanks to all who responded to the request 
for updates from the Class of '86. It was great 
to hear from some old friends! • Audrey Vallen 
Nee participated in the San Francisco Avon 
Walk for Breast Cancer in July. She walked 
39.3 miles over two days! She raised over 
$7,000 from fabulous friends, family, cowork- 
ers, and BC alums to help fight this disease — 
and only got one blister. It was a great experi- 
ence. • Paul McDermott writes, "This summer 
I relocated to Washington, DC, from Nairobi, 
Kenya, where I'd lived and worked as a democ- 
racy officer and development program manager 
in East Africa since 1998, to join the U.S. 
Agency for International Development (USAID) 
Development Leadership Initiative (DLI) as a 
midcareer foreign service officer. While on 
home leave in mid-July, I visited the Chestnut 
Hill Campus as a hometown diplomat (a 
USAID initiative to publicize taxpayer-funded 
overseas humanitarian and development 
assistance programs) to participate in the 
AHANA Reconnect career advisory events. 
There I met alumni and freshmen students 
interested in international issues. My wife, 
Samia Awori McDermott, and kids Jermain 
(15), Kathleen (13), Sheila (12), and Terese (2) 
will remain in Washington next year while I 
serve an unaccompanied tour in Afghanistan 
on a provincial reconstruction team." • Kirsten 
Rounds is the mom of two college students 
and the administrative director for the emer- 
gency medicine physicians at Rhode Island 
Hospital, Miriam Hospital, and Hasbro Chil- 
dren's Hospital in Providence. • Tara Mullins 
Piskator has been living in northern Italy (in 
Lumignano, near Vicenza) for four years 
with her husband, Gene (West Point '88), 
and two children, Conor (9) and Annie Cate 

(5). She works as a U.S. Army civilian, training 
staff in a child development center. Prior to 
settling there, they moved around with the 
Army for 18 years, living in exotic locations 
like Dayton, OH; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Fort 
Knox, KY; and Washington DC. Tara writes: 
"We've been enjoying some traveling (Ireland, 
Hungary, Germany, France, Austria, and around 
Italy) but should do more." • Hello to Jamie 
Sullivan, an attorney in Hartford, CT, who 
reports that he ran the Boston Marathon wear- 
ing a BC shirt and loved going through cam- 
pus to the roar of the BC students! While in 
Boston, he visited with old friend Nelson Dupere 
and his wife and daughter. Nelson is an avid 
triathlete. Bruce sends his best to both of you! 


Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 
8^4 Liberty Street 
Braintree, MA 02184 

I hope this finds you all well. I heard from 
many of you this time — thank you! • Andrew 
Fee moved from Nantucket to Athens, GA, 
with wife Donna and children Alexander (5) 
and Charlotte (3). He left the restaurant indus- 
try to start a custom handmade furniture 
business, Confidential Furniture. He's kept 
in touch with Joe McGlinchey, Chris Harding, 
Phil Menna, Steve Welch, and Nancy Novo 
through Facebook. • Kathryn O' Sullivan 
e-mailed that she recently served as executive 
producer of the independent thriller The Fugue, 
which had its Washington DC premiere in 
July. It began screening at film festivals in the 
fall and is available at • In 
July, Jim McEleney relocated from London to 
Pune, India, to be CEO of BNY Mellon (India). 
He had many Class of '87 visitors during his 
three years in London and hopes to have the 
same experience while in India. • Ann Supple 
Massey is celebrating the fact that her busi- 
ness, Rouge Cosmetics ( in 
Salem, was just awarded a "Best of Boston" 
from Boston Magazine. She also had dinner 
over the summer with classmates Meghan 
Balsom, Traci Beratis Cappellini, Kristin 
Clough Canty, and Karen Power McNamara 
MA' 95. • Colleen McFadden Jason e-mailed 
after a recent trip to Boston with her family. 
They had dinner with Ron and Mary Beth 
Hirsch Arigo and their kids while in town. In 
May, she traveled to Deborah Garcia Carey's 
home in Connecticut for a weekend with 
Barbara Barry Gendron, Jane Trombly, Kristin 
Duff Schlageter, Mary Beth Hirsch Arigo, 
and Cindy Pierce Marret. • Dan and Linda 
Czyryca Shea and their three kids hosted 
a party for Tom '83 and Terry (Sullivan) 
Montminy, who are moving to Minneapolis 
with their three kids. Attending were Joe and 
Monica (Geary) Steeves MS '89 with their four 
kids; Jack and Lauren (Haynes) Concannon 
with their four kids; Chris JD'92 and Mary 
(Ronan) Kelley with their three kids; Jeanne 
Higgins; Jerry Toomey; Meg (Nann) Hayden 
and her family; and Tom and Judy (Vogtle) 
Varney. Everyone was looking forward to 
tailgating at the Heights in the fall, and 
many were planning to meet up at the BC-ND 
game in October. • Thanks to all who took 
the time to write! Happy 2010! 



Correspondent: Rob Murray 
421 Callingwood Street 
San Francisco. CA 94114 

Tracey Linegar Taylor has retired from the 
Army Nurse Corps as a lieutenant colonel. 
Her last tour was as director of the Army's 
psychiatric nursing course. Tracey lives in 
Springfield, VA, with her husband and three 
kids. Erin McLaughlin. MS'96, also has 
retired from active duty as a lieutenant 
colonel. Erin's last job was head nurse of the 
inpatient psychiatry ward at Walter Reed Army 
Medical Center. Today, both are contractors 
for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psy- 
chological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. 

• There was a mini BC reunion on Broadway. 
Anne James-Noonan's brother Brian plays 
Shrek on stage, and she arranged for Chris 
and Stacey (Savage) Constas, Donnamarie 
(Schmitt) Floyd, Maggie McGuire and 
husband Kurt Wallace, Ken and Claire (Tevnan) 
Edmondson. Karen Kelleher '90, David Gabriel, 
Brian Sloan, and Mike McCarthy to see the 
show and go backstage to meet the cast. At 
least eight children were in tow! Missing were 
Laurie (Montalto) McGonigle, Christine (Conley) 
Palladino JD'93, Mary Ellen Chambers, and 
unfortunately, the organizers, who were stuck 
at home in Minneapolis. An annual women's 
weekend also took place at Claire's Wisconsin 
lake house last summer, with all in attendance. 
Mike McCarthy sent a further update about 
another mini-reunion in Chicago with Chris 
Constas, Ethan Scott Cooper, Matt Schemmel 
JD'91, Rob Cerny JD'92, Tim Pierce, Kevin 
Haggerty, and Darren Spangler. Details are 
hazy — it's possible that museums were visited 
in addition to many jazz and blues clubs. A 
calmer fly-fishing excursion to the Pacific 
Northwest is on the books next. Dinner on me 
if you guys come to my place in Bend, OR! 

• Articus and Kristie (Kobelski) Killough are 
pleased to announce the birth of their sixth 
son! Damian Jerome met his brothers on 
January 30. • Bob Rivers was named for inclu- 
sion in Naifeh and Smith's The Best Lawyers 
in America for the area of family law. Bob 
has also been selected as one of Boston 
Magazine's top 100 "Massachusetts Super 
Lawyers." He's a partner at Boston's Lee & 
Levine. • Pat McMorran has accepted a new 
position at Proxy Governance as director of 
East Coast sales. He lives in North Attleboro 
with wife Jen and twins Avery and Zoe. Pat 
also caught up with North Carolina resident 
Melissa (White) Shaheen at their recent 25th 
high school reunion! 


Correspondent: Andrea McGrath 
207 Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

I received quite a few updates this quarter, par- 
ticularly from folks who haven't written 
before. I encourage you to send a quick update 
via e-mail, or post news on the BC alumni 
online community: 
association/community.html. Cheers! • Ken 

Scott ( wrote that 
he completed his MS in finance at BC. He is a 
SVP and portfolio manager with Boston Trust 
& Investment Management Co. in Boston. 
• Pete and Kim (Kauffman) Bates (pjbjr66@ have been married for 19 years this 
fall. They have three great kids: Andy (17), Tim 
(13), and Julia (8) whose schedules, with 
lacrosse games and soccer tournaments for all 
three, keep them busy. Kim has been teaching 
in Waterford, CT, for 17 years, and the family 
lives in Colchester. • Jamie Moore (jamie. sent along a great update. 
He and Andrea Adam were married on a 
schooner off the coast of Cape Cod on June 6. 
They met three years ago to the day in New 
York City, where Andrea is executive director 
of the German University Alliance, and Jamie 
is BU professor, author, and humanist Elie 
Wiesel's right-hand man in New York. BC 
grad Jim Curran, officiant Meg Curran's 
husband, also attended the seaborne marriage, 
which was followed by celebrations in New 
York City and in Berlin, Andrea's hometown. 
Jamie's most recent return to campus was in 
April 2007, to cheer Andrea on as she sped 
down Comm. Ave. in her fifth marathon, 
and first in Boston. • Dan McConnell 
( and his family 
have published a children's book, The Legend 
of Barknight, a story of how dogs became 
our best friends. Find more at www.bark • Anne Littlefield (alittlefield@ is one of 25 Shipman & Good- 
win lawyers featured in the 2010 edition of 
The Best Lawyers in America. • Sally Driscoll, 
a founding member of the Council for 
Women of Boston College, cochaired the 
women's soccer and field hockey games 
sponsored by the council in September. 
Sally ( also wrote 
that the gals from D22-D23 (and others) 
gathered "off-site" at a local joint during 
Reunion Weekend. The group included 
Rebecca Doyle Wade, Nancy Fox, Deb Fitz- 
patrick, Gillian Fucigna, Katie Foley Graham, 
Layni Carmichael Ratcliffe, Parti Curran, Phyllis 
Murphy, Janet Russell Collins MEd'92, and 
Ellen Foley Fitzpatrick. 

Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-647-9200 

Mark Harrington continues to practice law in 
Houston. His firm focuses on immigration 
cases for foreign-born researchers and scientists 
at U.S. universities and high-tech companies. 
In June, Mark was appointed chairman of the 
State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating 
to Immigration and Naturalization. • Swift- 
Knowledge LLC, a global provider of Web-based 
business intelligence software, has appointed 
Matthew Connon to the newly created position 
of VP of channels and business development. 
• John Harrington, MBA'99, MS'03, is now 
director of the sales, endowments, and foun- 
dations group in the Distribution team at 
Turner Investment Partners. John is based in 
Wellesley. Previously, he was VP, sales and 
marketing, consultant relations at Acadian 
Asset Management LLC. • Tracy Marino 

produced the documentary film Happiness Is, 
which is now being distributed independently. 
For the project, the filmmakers traveled 
from coast to coast, speaking with all sorts of 
Americans about how they pursue happiness, 
including Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves & 
Fishes, who puts his Christianity into action to 
feed the homeless; the Dalai Lama; authors 
Dan Millman and Gretchen Rubin; musicians 
Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp; along 
with comics, philanthropists, scholars, and 
everyday people. You can learn more about the 
film at Tracy 
is also kicking off a grassroots tour, where 
each screening shares the profits with a 
charitable group. • Colleen and Michael Kavney 
have doubled their pleasure in welcoming 
twins into this world. On July 1, Katherine 
"Katie" Cecelia was born at 4:52 p.m., and only 
a few seconds later, her brother, Michael 
Daniel, burst onto the scene. The Kavney 
family lives in Georgia. 


lorin Bruno 

Correspondent: Peggy 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06019 

Lots of news — so let's get to it! • Pay attention, 
Boston residents! Michael Flaherty is running 
for mayor of Boston! Many of our fellow BC 
alumni are working on his campaign. We wish 
Michael the very best of luck! • Congratulations 
to Dan and Tara Henwood Butzbaugh, who 
welcomed son Benjamin Daniel in February. 
Benjamin's maternal grandfather, David Hen- 
wood '58, is very proud of his 10th grandchild. 
Tara and her family live in Manhattan. She 
works part-time for Whitney Partners, a financial 
executive recruiting firm, and Dan is an insur- 
ance linked securities broker with GFI Group 
Inc. • The girls of Hillsides 43 -D — Kelly Biby 
Morales, Christine Pokoly Redfern, Katie 
Bresnahan Ragan. Lena Kim Christinger, and 
Tara Butzbaugh — after seven years of searching, 
have finally found their sixth roommate, Sonia 
Araujo. She is living in Seville, Spain, with her 
husband and two children, Lorenzo and Mari- 
anna. Sonia works for Hedonai, Spain. Katie 
celebrated her 40th birthday in Chatham with 
the girls this summer. She and husband John 
Ragan, MS'93, live in Westborough. Lena moved 
to Oberwil, Switzerland, with husband Hans 
and their two children, Jack and Lindsey. 
Christine lives in Steamboat Springs, CO, 
with husband Neill and their three children, 
Margaret, Mack, and George. Kelly lives in 
Long Beach. CA, with husband Victor and 
their two daughters, Kiara and Luna, and 
works for the Long Beach school system. • Sue 
Ramsey joined the BC University Advancement 
staff as director of gift planning, after having 
worked in a similar role at Mass. General 
Hospital, where she had been for 14 years. Sue, 
husband John, and sons Jack (6) and Charlie 
(4) visited with Nancy Thomson-Cantu and 
her family during their annual visit to the 
United States. Nancy lives in Spain with husband 
Peter, twin daughters Lauren and Alessandra 
(9), and son Gavin (6). Nancy and Peter founded 
Thomson Bike Tours (www.thomsonbiketours 
.com), which runs performance bike trips in 
Europe — primarily in France, Spain, and Italy. 


Sue also saw Bridget Garrity, who is a social 
worker living in her home state of Wisconsin. 
• Heidi Sorenson Beigel, Nicole Bray Rhind, 
Erin Shay Morgan, Kristy Lutz Ulmer, and 
Diane Goodwin Woods spent a week celebrating 
their 40th birthdays without kids, laughing 
and reminiscing about the good ol' days at BC 
while white-water rafting in Utah. • Susan and 
John Brady celebrated the arrival of their 
fourth child, Griffin John Brady, in June. Griffin 
joins Henry, Eleanor, and Claire. John is in his 
eighth year with MF Global, managing a sales/ 
trading desk, while occasionally providing 
market commentary and analysis on CNBC, 
Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News. The 
Bradys live in Chicago. 


Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello 

jj Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07506 

Tom McManus was recently inducted into the 
BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame. A two-time 
All-Big East first-team selection, he earned 
All-America third-team honors from College 
Football News in 1992. Tom currently ranks 
fourth on BC's list of all-time tacklers (427 
tackles). After BC, he spent four years in the 
NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. • Lisa 
Noller married Tyler Murray at St. Procopius 
church in Chicago in August 2008. TJ 
Martinez, SJ, was an excellent celebrant, 
giving the most inspirational wedding homily 
I've ever heard. Tyler's brother Brian '97, 
MEd'oi, was his best man, and Kit Noller '97 
and Kevin Duggan were attendants. In the 
small BC world, Brian and Kit were friends at 
BC years after Lisa graduated. Gail Balcerzak 
was a reader. Other classmates in attendance 
included Mark and Gina (Hager) Moitoso. 
Last summer Lisa and Tyler ran the Great 
Wall Marathon in China. • In January, former 
roommates Kathleen (Gillespie) LaManna, 
Elizabeth (Spillane) Gujral, Jennifer Parent, 
Laura Selfors, and Erica (Waldron) Wynocker 
enjoyed a minireunion on a cruise to 
Cozumel. They were sad that Pindy (Childs) 
McKee, who lives in Northern Ireland, could 
not make the trip. Katie lives in Glastonbury, 
CT, with husband Mark and two kids, Jackie 
(7) and Danny (5). She is a partner in the 
Hartford office of the law firm Shipman, & 
Goodwin, practicing in the areas of corporate 
trust default and bankruptcy and creditors' 
rights. Elizabeth lives in Menlo Park, CA, with 
husband Inder-Jeet and is currently staying at 
home with their three children: Alexander (6), 
Eve (4), and Simon (1). Laura lives in Arlington 
with her husband, Kevin Madden, and their 
two children, Anna (8) and Erin (6). Laura 
enjoys her part-time work as a bioinformatics 
consultant studying breast and ovarian 
cancer at Harvard Medical School. Jennifer is 
a partner in the litigation department at 
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA 
in New Hampshire. Erica lives in Cleveland 
with husband Mason and their two children, 
Bella (6) and Drew (4). Pindy now goes by 
Alexandra and has an Irish lilt just to keep 
us on our toes. She is a freelance writer and 
editor with four children: Madeleine (7), John 
(6), Christopher (4), and Ryan (2). 


Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 
2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield, MA 01330 

Erica LePore shares some great news about 
her father, James LePore '69, who has pub- 
lished his first novel, an international thriller 
titled A World I Never Made (The Story Plant, 
2009). Erica's sisters, Adrienne LePore '95 
and Jamie LePore McClutchey '98, are also 
very proud of their father's achievement. • The 
Color of Democracy in Women's Regional 
Writing by Jean Griffith was published in 
September by the University of Alabama Press. 
Jean is an assistant professor of English at 
Wichita State, where her focus is on American 
and ethnic literatures. She holds an MA from 
Temple University and a PhD from Texas 
A&M University. • Mimi (Sullivan) '95 and 
Tom Gallagher announce the birth of their 
third child, Daniel Sullivan Gallagher, on July 
18. Daniel joins his big sister Elizabeth (4) and 
brother TJ (3) in Pembroke. • Beth and JP 
Plunkett celebrated the birth of their little girl, 
Paige Ella, on July 13. Paige joins her brother 
Patrick (3). • Jeanie Taddeo would like to share 
a personal story in the hopes of sending an 
important message to fellow classmates: 
Jeanie was diagnosed in February 2008 with 
invasive breast cancer. As difficult as that news 
was, she was also 15 weeks pregnant with 
twins. After three doctors informed her that it 
was "nothing" but a clogged milk duct, she 
followed her instincts and sought a fourth 
opinion. Jeanie was treated very aggressively, 
and successfully, with both chemo and 
surgery. She is still recovering but getting 
stronger every day. To give back for all that was 
done for her by the University of Pennsylvania, 
she completed the Race for the Cure in Phila- 
delphia on Mother's Day, raising $4,600 (sixth 
overall for all participants). Jeanie would like 
to stress the importance of self-examinations 
and to encourage her fellow classmates to 
always follow their instincts. 


Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-^8-23^6 

I'm so incredibly proud of my two roommates, 
Erin (Miller) Spaulding and Deb (Nugent) 
Lussier, JD'99, who both completed the 
Ellington (CT) Sprint Triathalon in July. Erin 
won her division. Congrats, you guys. You're 
amazing! • Andrew and Amanda Koenig Stone 
were thrilled to welcome their first child, Shea 
Olivia, on March 3. The Stone family lives in 
New York City and enjoyed their first summer 
with their wonderfully happy and smiley little 
girl. • Maj. Jennifer Crawford, an instructor 
in the U.S. Army's Command and General 
Staff School's Department of Command and 
Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, was named 
Military Instructor of the Year. Jenny has been 
an instructor at CGSS since July 2006, where 
she teaches leadership curriculum and elective 
classes in military criminal law. • Geoffrey 

Crouse has been named VP and COO of 
Immucor Inc., a global leader in providing 
automated instrument-reagent systems to the 
blood transfusion industry. • Regine Webster's 
second daughter, Ruby Christine Fryling, was 
born on New Year's Eve — definitely a party in 
their house! Ruby will be a southerner, as 
Regine and her family now live in Nashville! 
• Lisl (Mayer) Heiden also welcomed her 
second daughter, Elle Marguerite, on March 12. 
Lisl and her husband, Mike, live outside Boston. 
• Finally, a correction. There were a few 
(probably obvious) errors in the last issue that 
occurred during the editing process. As you 
all know, Eric Tennessen and Mark Tamisiea 
are not Joe Healey's children — and no, Joe is 
not a Jesuit! My apologies for the errors. 

Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 
Panasci Chapel 
mg Salt Springs Road 
Syracuse, NY 13214 

"How old would you be," asked Satchel Paige, 
"if you didn't know how old you are?" This 
marks the beginning of our 15th reunion year! 
It might be natural to feel a bit old with this 
announcement. Today, however, as I find myself 
on different Heights, awaiting the arrival of a 
new freshman class, I feel the anticipation and 
expectation I had when I was 17. For those of 
us who work at schools, fall brings both the 
new and the familiar, with new faces, news 
from the summer, and the reunion of friends 
you haven't seen since spring. • Our update 
this issue features many new faces, as the 
Class of '95 continues to bring new life into 
the world. Cara and Luke O'Connell welcomed 
their first son, Daniel Francis, on May 21. Luke 
and his family live in Bloomfield, NJ. • Scott and 
Julie (Ashley) Whitehead, MEd'97, welcomed 
their son Tyler Robert on June 16. He is joined 
by his siblings, Ryan (6) and Ashley (4). • On 
July 18, Tom '93 and Mimi (Sullivan) Gallagher 
welcomed their son Daniel Sullivan Gallagher. 

• John and Margaret Enis Spears welcomed 
their first child, Michael Thomas, on July 30 in 
Oklahoma City. Michael Thomas got his diplo- 
matic passport (how cool is that?) for the 
family's September return to Bogota, Colombia, 
where Margaret and John work in international 
development. • Allison and Sean Flahaven 
welcomed Ciaran Bruce Patrick Flahaven on 
May 7. He joins his brother, Will (2). They live 
in Ossining, NY. Sean is VP of theatre, stan- 
dards, and print for Warner/ Chappell Music 
Publishing in Manhattan, where he handles 
songwriters from Gershwin to Green Day. 
He also teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts 
at NYU and is active in the BC Arts Alumni 
Network. Alii is an actress, teacher, and artistic 
director of the Mighty Theater in Peekskill, NY. 

• Alana Zimmerman wrote to me with a career 
update. After her tenure at Bank of America 
Securities, Alana accepted a position as VP for 
Ziegler Capital Markets in New York City, 
where she will continue to do' institutional sales 
for municipal bonds. Best of luck in the new 
job, Alana! • Anticipating our reunion, Danielle 
(Valentini) Thomson writes "I can't believe that 
15 years have gone by!" She is married with two 


children, Dehlia (4) and Benjamin (2). She has 
been a physical therapist for 10 year's, working in 
New Jersey and New York. Danielle and her 
family live in Brookside, NJ. • Melissa (Celata) 
Cacciapaglia is "looking forward to getting 
back to campus this year" as we celebrate our 
15th reunion, and her dad celebrates his 50th! 
Melissa and her family live in Franklin. She's at 
home with her two children, Hannah (5) and 
Matthew (4). Melissa serves as one of the leaders 
of the Family Readiness Group of her husband's 
Army Reserve unit. • Maj. Stephen Woodside 
deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, this past 
August with the 82nd Airborne Division. He'll 
return to his wife, Kate (Hoffmann) Woodside, 
and their new baby boy, Declan Ryan (10 months 
old), around August 2010. Prayers for their 
safety and thanks for their service go out to the 
Cacciapaglia and Woodside families. • Thanks to 
all who wrote in! Come join the Boston College 
'95 and Boston College Class of 1995 15th 
reunion groups on Facebook! I hope to see all 
of you in June! God bless! 


Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

517 E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York, NY looog; 212-673-3065 

Megan Mulcahy married Hugh Bischoff in 
Old Lyme, CT, on June 27. Guests included 
Richard and Michaela (Moore) Dohoney JD'99, 
Christian and Aileen (Healy) Albertson, Lesley 
Mahoney, Holly (Rodrigues) Doto, Rachelle 
"Shelly" Letersky Dobbs, Gena Rivera Rug- 
gieri, Heather Lavers Crisci, and Jay Reichle. 
Jay says he requested "Like A Prayer" — "surely 
to be the highlight of the reception," he writes. 
The couple live in San Francisco. • Megan Devers 
writes that she married Kevin Finnerty on 
November 22, 2008, in Arlington, VA. Dana 
Colarulli '95 and his wife, Nancy Drane '94, 
attended the wedding. Megan completed her 
master's in literature and language at Mary- 
mount University in 2005. She is director of 
communications at National Presbyterian 
School in Washington DC. The couple live in 
Arlington. • Tracey Gilroy Giglia writes that Ed 
and Katie Devin Dauphinais welcomed a baby 
girl, Sarah, in April. • Rachel Garvey Kelly writes 
that she finished the Boston Marathon with her 
husband, Billy, with whom she is celebrating 
10 years of marriage. • Finally, thanks to every- 
one who supported BC through the Neenan 
Challenge! To view the list of donors or to 
make a donation, visit 


Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 
/\6/\ Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

We've got a short column this month, but it's 
packed with good news. We'd love to hear from 
you too, so please send in your update. • Tom 
and Julie (Tucker) Rollauer welcomed their 
first child, Megan Elizabeth, on June 17. Julie 
and Tom currently reside in Bronxville, NY. 
• Toni (Lenge) Janota is proud to announce 
that she and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their 

second child, Cooper Scott, on April 25. His 
big sister, Andie Elyse, who was 17 months 
at the time, is very proud as well! The family 
lives in Westfield, NJ, and Toni continues to 
work at Deloitte & Touche. • After an n-year 
career arranging multimillion dollar equity 
investments in institutional real estate, CSOM 
graduate Sarah (Symond) Laubinger left 
corporate America and launched her online 
shop, Up My Sleeve Boutique, where she has 
made more than 75 sales and designed items 
for First Lady Michelle Obama as well as celebrity 
daughters Suri Cruise, Violet Affleck, and 
several others. Up My Sleeve Boutique offers 
three New England-inspired lines: Nantucket 
Basket Purses, Hope N Joy Jewelry, and Center 
of Attention Decor, created by Sarah herself. 
She is thoroughly enjoying her "mompreneur- 
ship" while being at home in Hamilton with 
her two kids, Nicholas and Ashley, and husband 
Ted Laubinger. Check out her creative designs 
at • Mea 
(Quinn) Mustone, MEd'06, and husband Tim 
welcomed a baby girl, Rowan Mary, on April 
19. She joins big sister Quinn (6), Teagan (4), 
brother Cullen (3), and sister Nevin (1). 


Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 
1281 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Jason and Natalie (Scott) Dwyer would like to 
share the news of the arrival of their second 
child, Evelyn Ann Elizabeth, who was born on 
February 15. She was welcomed by her brother 
Emmet (2). • Rev. Brian O'Brien was recently 
appointed by his bishop to be president of 
Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa. He was 
a teacher and coach there right out of BC and 
is now back as head of the school. • Dave and 
Katie (Regan) Kane welcomed their second 
daughter, Avery Elizabeth, on May 17. They live 
in Watertown. • Anthony Tecce finished his mas- 
ter's degree in new media at Emerson College. 
• Stephen and Stephanie (Gaviglia) Hall wel- 
comed a baby girl, Natalie Howland Hall, into 
the world on June 17. They are doing well and 
enjoying the experience of parenthood. They live 
in Natick. Stephanie is working at EMC as a 
senior HR manager, and Stephen is working 
for the family construction business. • Jonathan 
and Sarah (Colbert) Bracken welcomed a 
daughter, Madelyn Lorraine, on December 18, 
2008. They recently moved to Needham. Sarah 
was a bridesmaid in Amy Rourke's wedding to 
Dave Banister on July 18 in Stonington, CT. Jill 
Winters, Leanne Smith, and Andrea LaRocque 
were in attendance. • I am happy to announce 
that my husband, Nate, and I welcomed our 
second daughter, Eleanor "Ella" Jaye, on May 31. 
Eleanor arrived three weeks early — what a sur- 
prise! She was small but otherwise healthy. 
She joins big sister Lillian (2). • On October 24, 
2008, Kristen Wolthausen Frame had a sec- 
ond baby, Ryan Patrick, who joined big 
brother Jackson (3). She and her family now 
live in Charlotte, NC. Her husband, Jake, has a 
job with GE Capital that has moved them sev- 
eral times, and Kristen has been fortunate tiiat 
her employer has moved her each time as well. 
She is currently manager of worksite solutions 
for the East Coast at the Principal Financial Group. 


Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 

Michele (Furman) Leisse welcomed a baby 
girl, Riley Alice, on May 5. They live in Marl- 
ton, NJ, where Michele is a special education 
teacher. • Carrie Friedman announces her first 
book, Pregnant Pause: My Journey Through 
Obnoxious Questions, Bahy Lust, Meddling 
Relatives, and Pre-Partum Depression. Carrie 
lives in Los Angeles, and her Web site is • Eileen McDer- 
mott Marriott and husband Erich welcomed 
a daughter, Cecelia Elizabeth, on April 27. 
She joins her big brother Haydn (4). The 
family lives in Cranford, NJ. • Jeff Bridge, MS/ 
MBA'08, married Jana Rhude on May 23 in 
Tampa, FL. Class of '99ers in attendance 
included best man Chris Millette, Patrick and 
Sara (Calnen) Cassidy, James Ullrich, Kate 
(Forgiano) Bingham, George MBA/MS'08 
and Kaitlin (Mulcahy) Leuchs MA'02, 
and Ryan Freeman. Other BCers included 
groomsman Ryan Heald '00; Bobby Adams 
'01: Jeremy Bass MBA '08; Amanda Marsh 
MBA'09; Ben Keffer MBA'08; Tara Wilcox 
'03, MBA/MS'08; Brea Kichefski MBA'08; 
Colleen Pentland MBA'08; Tony Scuderi 
MBA'04; Elizabeth Stacker MBA'08; and Kelly 
Robinson '00, MBA'08. Jeff and Jana 
spent two weeks in Costa Rica on their honey- 
moon. After graduating from the Carroll 
School, Jeff moved back to Florida, where he 
is working in investment banking. • Danielle 
and Tom MacKinnon welcomed daughter 
Madeline Rose on June 17. Maddie was also 
welcomed by her older brother, Neil. • Colleen 
(Doyle) '00 and Damian Paletta welcomed 
Megan Blair to the world on August 6. 
She's beautiful! 



Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 
63 Carolina Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Aaron Patnode graduated from the University 
of Minnesota with both MBA and MHA 
degrees. He moved to Portland, OR, to begin 
work with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. 
• John Kalin, in his sixth year of training 
after medical school, is a cardiology fellow 
at Tufts Medical Center and lives in South 
Boston. • Steven Covelluzzi finished his 
doctorate in clinical psychology in San Diego, 
where he also lives. Steven is working as 
a postdoctoral fellow in a group private 
practice specializing in working with chil- 
dren/adolescents and families. Additionally, 
he is conducting psychological testing in the 
areas of ADHD and PDD. • Jason and Alison 
(Doran) Marshall visited with Jorge Ros '99 
and his family in Madrid in June. • On June 
27, Nadia Lehmejian graduated from Bikram 
Yoga Teacher Training, an intense nine-week 
certification program held in Palm Desert, 
CA. • Tiffany Cooper, PhD'07, married 
Mouhamed Gueye, MBA'09, in August 2008. 
She is currently CEO of BELL (Building 


Educated Leaders for Life), a Boston-based 
nonprofit. Tiffany was honored by both the 
Network Journal and Boston Business Journal 
as one of the top "40 under 40" young 
professionals achieving great things and 
making a difference in the community. 

• Kristen Grabowski married Michael T. 
Hoey on October 11, 2008, at the New York 
Athletic Club in New York City. The couple live 
in Hoboken. • On November 28, 2008, 
Timothy Coffey and Heather Burke were 
married. They reside in Rye, NY. • Joanna 
Enstice married Phil Kerpen on June 13 at the 
Cosmos Club in Washington DC. Joanna is an 
associate in the Washington DC office of 
McDermott Will & Emery in the Employee 
Benefits practice group. • Kathleen Ryder 
married Nick Caserio on June 19 at Belle Mer 
in Newport, RI. The couple both work for the 
New England Patriots organization. • Nathan 
Farr and Laure Rakvic-Farr welcomed Maya 
Rose on December 3, 2008. Laure is currently 
taking a "break" from working as a civil 
litigation attorney to stay home with Maya. 
The family lives in Madison, WI. • After 
recently relocating from London back to New 
York City, Tim and Jessica Sombat Carey 
welcomed their first child, Jane, in January. 

• Michael and Rebecca Ratner Keszkowski 
welcomed their first child, Olivia Rose, on 
March 24. The family lives in Glen Ridge, NJ. 

• Adam and Francesca (Behr) Sicard welcomed 
their second child, daughter Zaira Kathryn, 
on March 26. The family lives in Raleigh, NC. 

• On May 1, Jason and Jodi Nichols Williams 
welcomed their second child, Marisa Rose, 
who joins big sister Kiley Elizabeth (4). 

• Matthew and Jasara Evangelist Peskie 
welcomed their first daughter, Addison Rose, 
on May 11. • Mike and Meg Miles Loester 
welcomed their second son, Ryan Miles, on 
May 28. • Erin and Jared Leland and their 
daughters, Kate and Caroline, welcomed 
Elizabeth OGonnor to the world on June 11. 
The family resides in Pittsburgh, where Jared 
is a corporate and entertainment attorney, and 
Erin is an integrative nutritionist. • On July 1, 
Cara and Joe Famighette welcomed Tessa 
Patrice to the world. The family lives in 
Maynard. • Ryan and Laura DeLong Hummer 
welcomed their first child, Ella Grace, on July 
3. Laura continues to practice law in Cleveland 
and live in Rocky River, OH. • After celebrat- 
ing their fifth wedding anniversary in June, 
Landon and Cassie Kogelschatz Clark had 
their second son, Alexander, on July 29. Older 
son Xavier (3) loves having Zander around. 

• Save the weekend of June 4-6 for our 
10th reunion! 


Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 

16 Brightwood Avenue 
North Andover, MA 01845 

Pierre '00 and Katrina Claridad Mendoza 

were married on June 13 in St. Ignatius. A 
reception followed at the Boston Harbor 
Hotel. In attendance were groomsman 
Joe Watana '00 as well as Edward Lee, 
Vong Vongsavang, Brian Ciabotti, Glizhelle 
Alarkon, Kyle Ingram, and Vipra Sharma 
'00. The couple live in Philadelphia. 


Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

42 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Charlestown, MA 0212c); 617-596-5486 

Congratulations to Casey DePalma, who 
married Kevin McCartney Jr. on October 26, 
2007, in Tarrytown, NY. In attendance 
were bridesmaid Meaghan Flaherty Dupuis, 
MA'07, and guests Mary and Stephen Murray, 
Nicole Abbate, Angela Yingling, Nora Gille- 
spie, and Tom '01 and Mandy McGuinness. 
The couple reside in Montclair, NJ.« Julie 
O'Rourke and Patrick Hannon were married 
at BC's Trinity Chapel on May 9, with a 
reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. 
Parents of the bride are Carmen and Tom 
O'Rourke '72. Bridesmaids were Lori Massa, 
Jenn Ossen, Christina Mucci '06, Stacy 
(Hamilton) Mucci, Jennifer (Stahl) Gilleberto, 
Val O'Hearn, Julie Picariello, and Laura 
Downey. Groomsmen included Sean Gillespie, 
Steve Marini, John Healey, Brian Madden, 
and Jason Cullinane. The couple honey- 
mooned in Italy and now reside in Washing- 
ton DC. • Tiffany Anzalone married Spc. 
Richard "Benny" Benedict, U.S. Army, on 
July 19, 2008, in Lighthouse Point, FL. 
Benny is currently deployed to Iraq in support 
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The couple live 
on Oahu in Hawaii. In attendance were 
Kimberly Anderson Blais, Elizabeth Klaes, 
Christine (Cordek) and Connor Mulcahy 
JD'05, and Bridget Kelty. • Maura Hossack 
and Brian Langan were married on June 27 
at the Andover Country Club in Andover. 
In attendance were bridesmaids Rebekah 
Seaman and guests Jocelyn Saxon '01; Cara 
Rooney 01; Eva (Wallman) and Chris Barbier; 
Hanna Mak; Steve Mullenbrock; Claire 
(Schnabel) and John Chiesa; Paul 05 and 
Shannon (Langan) Tomaszewski '04; Michael 
Parker '06; Jacob Stahl '06; Andrea (Lar- 
rumbide) '03 and Matt List '05; and Tracy 
(Griffin) '83, MSW91, and George Fischer '83. 
The couple live in Boston, where Brian works 
at CRA International, and Maura is in her 
final year of a master's degree in nursing. 
• Greg '00, MBA'06, and Alexis (Kostopoulos) 
Dwyer are proud to announce the birth of 
their first child, Grant Thomas, on December 
21, 2008. The family lives in Salem. • Ginger 
(Lipscy), MA'03, and Gary Gabor Jr. were 
married in July 2007 in Breckenridge, CO, by 
Arthur Madigan, SJ, of the Philosophy Depart- 
ment. In August 2008, they welcomed a little 
girl, Elizabeth Pearl. In the fall, the Gabors 
moved to Belgium, where Gary, who was 
awarded a Fulbright fellowship, will be doing 
research in ancient philosophy. • Susan Cook, 
MA'04, earned her PhD in English from UC 
Santa Barbara in June and accepted a position 
as a postdoctoral scholar at the University 
of South Florida. Susan married Randy Brown 
in 2003. 


Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

45 Jane Street, Apt. 5R 

New York, NY 10014; 201-517-2205 

On June 6, Stephanie Corrado and Tommaso 

Bencivenga were married in Fort Tryon Park, 
NY; attendants included Katie Reagan, Justin 
Roeber, and Winston Cuenant. • Naitnaphit 
Limlamai and Jeremy Spiegel were married in 
two beautiful ceremonies in June in Georgia; 
they teach high school in Atlanta. • Katie O'Hara, 
MA05, married Mark Cintolo '04 on June 27; 
attendants included Maura (Mahady-Potter) 
Morse, MA'06, and Cara (Halpern) Goldberg. 

• Michael OGonnor, MS'06, married Kerry 
Shaughnessy '07 on July 11 at St. Ignatius; 
attendants included Matthew Harmon and 
Jennifer O'Connor, MA'03, PhD'06. • Bob '04 
and Ali (Foley) Shenk welcomed their son, 
Dean Thomas, on April 28. • Cass Chisholm 
graduated from the University of Glasgow in 
December 2008 with a master of letters with 
merit in modernities. • Nick and Katie (Horn) 
Riolo welcomed their first baby. • Charlene 
Biala married Joseph Irineo on July 25 in New 
York; attendants included Cynthia White, 
Jessica Muriel, Giannina Gutierrez, and Rufus 
Caine. • James Colligan married Courtney 
Cromwell on June 13; Mark Metwally was a 
groomsman. • Amanda (Gibbons) Minerva, 
MEd'04, and her husband welcomed their 
first baby, Thomas Michael, on July 23. • Laura 
Cassato married Peter Roe on June 27 in 
Denver. Anna Nelson, Katrina Pardo MSW'07, 
Kelly (Salerno) Parker, Sarah McKenzie JD'08, 
and Emily Peca were bridesmaids. • Krista 
Jarmas married Matthew Aslanian on April 4 
on Key West; Lauren Todaro was a bridesmaid. 

• Megan Healy married Niall Fahy on December 
31, 2008, in Saratoga Springs; Lauren Todaro 
was a bridesmaid. • Michael Cormack 
completed a master's at Columbia University. 

• Kelly (Agostinacchio) Forquignon and her 
husband announce the birth of their BC 
Superfan, Madelyn Grace, on June 25. • Tegan 
M. Willard welcomed her second boy, Silas 
Wells Willard, on July 2. • Todd A. Theman 
graduated from Harvard Medical School and 
is a resident at Harvard and an intern at Mass. 
General Hospital. • George Chmiel planned to 
run a 155-mile race in the Sahara to raise 
money for Luci, who was born with panhy- 
popituitarism; visit 

• Caitlin (Sullivan) Crowther and her husband 
welcomed their first baby, Sullivan, on February 
12. • Miguel and Nicole Martinez had their first 
child, Jackson Edward, on August 20. • Kim 
Carlson and Mark Cichra were married on 
June 28 in Spain and celebrated on August 
15 in Naperville. • Erin Regina Helfrich 
received a PhD in philosophy from Emory 
University; she will teach at Morehouse College. 

• Elizabeth Reh Ralls and her husband 
welcomed their first baby, John "Jade" McKenzie 
Ralls III, on December 7, 2008. 


Correspondent: Alexandra "Al lie" Weiskopf 


It is with sadness that I report the passing 
of Andy Marsh on August 4 after a brave 
two-year battle with melanoma. He is survived 
by family, including sister Jen '06. Andy was a 
beacon of love, strength, patience, and peace 
to all who knew him, and he will be missed 
terribly. A scholarship fund has been set up 


in his honor: please contact me for details. 

• Chris Wholey married Erin- O'Brien '03, 
MEd'08. on September 19, 2008, at St. Joseph's 
Church in Boston. Alumni in attendance 
included James Baranowski '00, Amberly 
Chaplin '03, Katie (Mooney) DiPierro '05, 
Mark DiPierro, Matt Millea. and Mark Pecora. 

• Kathryn Rolewick married Kurtis Peterson 
on August 1 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, 
IL. Classmates in attendance included Lindsey 
Disch. Emily Eule, Erin Kelly, Catherine 
LeFloch, Bryce McManus, Lindsay Ravens 
MS'05, Kate (Coughlin) Snee, and Kerry 
Whalen, • Michelle Riston and Patrick Miller 
were married on June 6 in Miami. Alumni in 
attendance included Ben Albuquerque, 
Derek Apfel, Vanessa Bolano Gonzalez, Dan 
Elman, Katherine Ragusa Keller MA05, Alison 
Ragusa '03, Cor)' Silveira, and Alex Solodyna. 
The couple reside in Dallas, where Patrick 
attends law school at Southern Methodist 
University, and Michelle works as a senior 
examiner for the Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority. • Brian Favat and Megan Trieb- 
wasser, MA'06, were married on June 5 at 
the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in 
Sacramento. Fr. Richard McGowan officiated 
the ceremony. Groomsmen inchided Christian 
Russo. Andy Marsh, Jeff Martyn, and Raj 
Thind. Attendees included Justin Brill, Tony 
Buglione, Elizabeth Furbish, Jenn Garbach, 
Ari Kakounis MEd'05. Alexis Karsant, Lindsey 
Kurnath, Brian Kwak, Lindsey Principe 
MS'05, an d Claire Walters. The couple live in 
Evanston, IL. • Tim Wientzen and Kendra 
Sena were married in June in Corrales, NM. 
Classmates in the wedding party included 
Jonathan Evans and Becca Lille. Also attending 
were Mitch Fraas, Donald Harrison, Ann 
Hodgson, Aaron Mann, Kathleen O'Connor, 
David Pedulla, and Sara Guy '02. Tim is 
currently working on a PhD in English at 
Duke University, and Kendra is a law student 
at Harvard University. • Natalie Meyers was 
promoted to captain as a flight nurse in the 
California Air National Guard. In the fall, she 
was planning to enter the nurse anesthesia 
program at the USC. • Katie Trong received a 
PhD in educational research, measurement, 
and evaluation from BC in May. She received 
the IE As Bruce Choppin Memorial Award for 
her doctoral dissertation. 

Correspondent: Joe Bowden 

95 Harvest Lane 

Bridgewater, MA 02324; 508-807-0048 

Katy Sammartano married Will Steere on July 
10 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. 
The wedding party included Tara Shanes- 
Hernandez MEd'07, Ben Janse, Tom Forsythe, 
and Andrew Sclama. Others in attendance 
included Amar Ashar, Katie Barrel, Chip Bell, 
Kari Bohlen, Ned Borgman, Chris Burke, 
Emily Chambliss, Christine Cortellini MEd'06, 
Ashley Coutu, Joe Demir MEd'06, Tom 
Dettore JD'08, Ross Ericson, Michael Aaron 
Flicker, Katharine Furey, Michael Gabbert, 
Heather Gatnarek, Rishabh Godha, TJ Gordon 
MS'06, Kate Gunnery, Sam Huntley, Amaris 
Kinne, Jeremy Landry, Pete Mazzone, 
Dominique Pradella, Shana Rabinowich, Betsy 


For Mary Tomer '03, 
Michelle Obama's style 
is worth noticing every 
day, not just when the first lady 
wears shorts to the Grand Canyon. 
Tomer first became a dedicated 
follower of Obama's fashion when 
she began making frequent pub- 
lic appearances in summer 2008. 
A few months later, Tomer started 
her blog,, which tracks 
the eclectic styles of the first lady. 

"One of my all-time favorites 
is the dress she wore the second 
night of the Democratic National 
Convention — an ivory and lime 
rose-patterned brocade cocktail 
dress by Peter Soronen. For all 
intents and purposes, this dress Mary Tomer can't get enough of Michelle Obama's 
was the inspiration for" st Y le . and fashionistas can't get enough of Tomer's 

Her blog averages 330,000 hits Slte ' Mrs 
per month and showcases photos and commentary on Obama's past and present 
styles, and even spotlights former first ladies and their fashions. 

The site undoubtedly struck a chord. She was soon featured as a fashion consultant 
on the Today show and, within two months of the site's debut, she was offered a book 
deal. Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy hit stores this October and contains rare 
and detailed photos of numerous pieces that Obama has worn, as well as interviews 
with the designers. 

Below, Tomer reflects upon BC and her burgeoning career: 


The day the first copy of Mrs. O: The Face 
of Fashion Democracy arrived in stores. 


I recently became engaged to the love 
of my life! 


I was lucky to make an amazing group 
of friends. We're dispersed up and down 
the East Coast now, but our weekly group 
e-mails and girls' weekends are as fun as 
ever. My best memories are with them. 


Earn my MBA. 


Drive a Winnebago to South Bend for 
the BC vs. Notre Dame game. 


My perspective on careers has changed. 
I remember feeling a lot of anxiety about 
what I would do after college. Looking 
back, I would have put less pressure 
on myself to find the perfect job at 22. 


The final decision was based on instinct, 
above all else. 


Early signs point toward doing something 
you love and surrounding yourself with 
people that both support and inspire you. 


Bapst Lawn. 


I'd plant another lawn. (I have a 
penchant for green spaces.) 

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Radtke, David Samikkannu MS'o6, Sara 
Sairitupa, Paul "Ethan" Schuler, David 
Tollerud, Megan Treacy, Justin Virojanapa, 
and Diana Wong. • Thomas Treacy recently 
accepted a position at Credit Suisse Securities 
(USA) in New York City on the institutional 
equity sales desk. Tom had been employed at 
Sidoti & Company as the firm's head of 
institutional equity sales in London. • Clay 
Westrope is planning to pursue an MA in 
sustainable international development at 
Brandeis University's Heller School for Social 
Policy. • Gloria Knight, MEd'o6, and Max 
Vasershteyn were married on Long Island on 
June 26. • Kate Fernandez and David Sun 
were married in Beaver Creek, CO, in July 
2008. They now reside in Miami. • Mike 
Del Ponte founded Sparkseed, a nonprofit 
organization that invests in college social 
entrepreneurs and ventures that address 
social and environmental issues. • Ben Bireley 
was recently selected as chief articles editor 
for the Texas Law Review. • Margaret Gavin 
and Hugh Galligan, MEd'06, were married 
on June 26 in St. Mary's Church in Wells, 
ME, by James Fleming, SJ, MEd'84. Class- 
mates in the wedding party included Kathryn 
Brennan MEd'06, Stephen Fitzgerald, 
Katelyn Petralia, and Gregory Tarca. The 
couple reside in Dedham. • Bryce Pinkham 
received his MFA from the Yale School of 
Drama and has since performed at the 
Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Bay Street 
Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, and The Public 
Theater off- Broadway. He is currently 
performing in the world premiere of Horton 
Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle with 
the Hartford Stage and Signature Theatre 
Company. • Christina Xenides graduated from 
Seattle University School of Law on May 16. 
She plans to practice international human 
rights law with UNHCR in Nicosia, Cyprus. 
• Max Duganne and Laura Warmenhoven, 
MA'06, were married in Santa Monica, 
CA, on August 1. Groomsmen included 
Paul Gregory and Sarosh Nentin, while 
fellow BCers Dana Vartabedian and Ashley 
Christie '07 were bridesmaids. • Lindsey 
Condon and Colin Moynihan were married 
in Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus, where 
they met their freshman year. Bridesmaids 
included Kristy Devine and Katie Swenson. 
Groomsmen included Robert Murray, Daniel 
Northrop, and Jason Schumacher. Lindsey 
recently earned her MSW from Loyola 
University Chicago. She is an adolescent 
counselor at a nonprofit organization, and 
Colin is a financial analyst at a nonprofit 
organization. The couple reside in Chicago. 


Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 845-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea / 973-224-3863 

Katherine Flaherty and Adam Florek 
were married on August 14 on Cape Cod. The 
bridal party included Cristina Conciatori and 
Kelly Winn, and Geraldine Hough, Linda 
Sabatello, Chris Tynski, Tom Broderick, Matt 
Bair, and Ryan Merrill also attended. • On July 
25, Kelly Coughlin and Ernest Bourassa were 
married at St. Ignatius. The Mass was 

celebrated by Fr. Neenan, H'08. The wedding 
party included Jay Harrington, Matt Venables, 
and Lizz (McAlpine) O'Rourke. • Jennifer Berg 
married Padraig O'Buachalla on August 8 in 
New Ulm, MN. Shannon McNamee and 
Caroline Whelan were bridesmaids; Chris 
Bentson, Jenna Commito, Nicole Iannuzzi, 
and Patrick Waickman also attended. The 
O'Buachallas honeymooned in Costa Rica 
before returning to their home in Dublin, 
Ireland. • Taylor Goodell married David 
Benedum on August 1 in South Berwick, 
ME. In attendance were Lauren Brennan, 
Natalie Caruso, Alana Mahoney, Elizabeth 
Weyman, Amanda Kearns, Jayshree Mahtani, 
Katie Kiefner, Katherine Poff Drew Wiech- 
nicki, Rebecca Madson MA'08, and Marisa 
Fusco Ackermann MA'07. Taylor works in the 
marketing department at Citizens Bank, while 
Dave works at Anixter/ Pacer. The couple 
honeymooned on Nantucket and now live in 
Medway. • George Abdelsayed wed Linda Meier 
on July 26 in Redondo Beach, CA. In attendance 
were Jason Hsu, Kristen Gorham, Monica Santis, 
Mai-Linh Lai, Megan Lacerte, Mike Welch, 
Christine Crawford, Keith Murphy '07, Chris 
Tsichlis '05, Racquel Wells '07, and Winfield 
Scott Craig. The couple honeymooned in 
French Polynesia. Linda recently received her 
master's in clinical psychology from Pepperdine 
University and is now working with autistic 
children as a child developmental therapist. 
George is a third-year medical student at USC. 

• Michael "Alex" MacFarlane married Sarah 
Klein on August 29 in Tower Grove Park in 
St. Louis, where Sarah is a teacher, and Alex 
develops and markets personal electronics. 

• Matthew and Rebecca (Plate) Shineman were 
married in Charlottesville, VA, on August 16, 
2008. Many BC alumni attended, including 
groomsman Nicholas Todisco and best man 
David Biele, JD'09. The reception had a special 
BC connection, as Rebecca enlisted members 
of Mart's a cappella group, The Bostonians, to 
sing that evening. • Tony DiMeo was promoted 
to senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

• Tina Corea graduated from Columbia 
University's policy program and began work 
as policy advisor for the Brick City Development 
Corporation in Newark, NJ. • After three years 
with Bain & Company, Kevin Schohl took on 
a private equity associate position with 
Charlesbank Capital Partners. 


Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 

11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 6ij-6g8-66o8 

Many from the Class of 2007 have 
experienced exciting developments since 
our departure from the Heights over two 
years ago. • Classmates Christine Ettman, 
MA'08, and Christopher Kenyon were 
married on February 21. • Alanna Wong 
Valdez recently earned her master's in ethics, 
peace, and global affairs from American 
University. She married fellow Eagle Edgar 
Valdez '04, MA'05, on May 30 at St. Ignatius 
Church. Frances Macias-Phillips: Erin 
Richling; Kevin Burke: Ethan Sullivan '94; 
Guy Melamed '05, MS'06; and Matthew 
Jacobson '05 were members of the bridal 

party. Alanna and Edgar moved back to 
Boston and are living in Waltham. Alanna 
is currently working at BC's Church in the 
21st Century Center. She's happy to be back 
home and hopes to hear from anyone in 
the area at 

• Amanda Grazioli recently took on a new 
position as development and alumni relations 
officer at the Gerald R. Ford School of 
Public Policy, University of Michigan, and is 
working toward an MA in arts administration 
in the evenings. • Molly Dane married 
Trey Skinner (Davidson College '07) on 
July 18. They met while volunteering with 
Jesuit Volunteers International in Belize. 
In attendance were Heather Ferron, Jon 
Bowen, and Katie West, as well as BC 
Women's Soccer coach Alison Kulik and 
Steven Koo of the Admissions Office. 

• John Walsh, Schuyler Fabian, and Alexander 
Theissen competed in ESPN's SFTC 
competition in July. None made the final 
leaderboard, but they enjoyed themselves 
nonetheless. • Melissa Catarra completed the 
BA/MA program at BC in 2008. She is 
now teaching high-school history at Beaver 
Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. 

• Edward Shim and Kelsey Dippold will be 
finishing up their two years of service with 
the Peace Corps in Bulgaria; Edward was 
a community and organizational development 
consultant with a local initiative group 
in Varshets, and Kelsey worked with the 
Association for Youth Initiatives and 
Tolerance as a youth development worker. 
They arrived in Bulgaria in August 2007 
and were scheduled to leave this October — 
taking with them a love of the people and 
traditions of Bulgaria. 


Correspondent: Maura Tierney 
g2 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Hi there, Class of 2008! Our classmates 
have been busy since we set off from the 
Heights a year ago! • Patrick Ryan has spent 
the past year in New York performing 
in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; 
On the Town; Grey Gardens; and Kiss Me, 
Kate. He is living in New York with his 
former BC roommates Curly Glynn, Greg 
O'Kane, and Jeff Vincent. • Amanda 
Buescher spent the past year serving in the 
Peace Corps in Kankossa, Mauritania. 
She worked on girls' empowerment and 
education, which included setting up a new 
mentoring center with computer classes 
and academic guidance for the 64 girls in 
the village. This year, Amanda will be 
working as a gender and development/AIDS 
coordinator in Conakry, Guinea. • Paige 
Nichols returned to her junior year study 
abroad destination, Buenos Aires, and has 
since been working with Road2Argentina, 
which offers immersion programs for 
international students in Argentina. • Steve 
Casey was recently promoted to senior agent 
at International Creative Management in 
Los Angeles. • In the fall, Elizabeth Riley 
started her JD at Northeastern University 
after having spent the past year working for 


Melmark New England. • Kevin Boland is 

working in Washington DC as a communica- 
tions staff assistant to U.S. House minority 
leader John Boehner. • As always, keep the 
news coming, and have a very happy 
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and new year! 


Correspondent: Timothy Bates 
277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa, NY 11758 

Following graduation, Malcolm Ohl, Brian 
Harper, Maggie Snider, Elle Jean-Bart, 
and La'Tise Higgins were commissioned 
into the Army as 2nd lieutenants. Daniel 
Lee joined the Marine Corps. • Returning 
to BC this fall for master's degrees 
were Laura Harvey, in special needs 
education; Jacqueline Cerniglia, in higher 
education administration; and Nick Lellen- 
berg, in modern European history. Also 
pursuing higher education are Christina 
Murphy at UC Santa Barbara; Kari Farwell 
at Pepperdine; Meaghan McKasy at the 
University of Utah (environmental humani- 
ties); Katie Cloutier at Columbia; Marisa 
Ross at Notre Dame; Kate Cahill at 
SUNY Stony Brook (physical therapy); 
and Christina Carney at SUNY Downstate 
in Brooklyn (occupational therapy). • Josh 
Darr is beginning a PhD program in 
political science at UPenn. • Nicholas 
Grasso is teaching middle-school English 
at St. Michael School in Fall River and 
taking graduate classes at Providence 
College. • Attending dental school are 
Catherine Vargas at SUNY Buffalo and 
Patrick Townsend at Midwestern in Arizona. 
Rachel Zang is attending medical school at 
Loyola Chicago. • Starting law school are 
Tim Bates at St. John's, Pat Byrnes and 
Nicole Welch at Brooklyn Law, Carrie Jantsch 
at Loyola Chicago, Michael Miller at 
Columbia, Angela Hrusovsky and Dan 
Calanca at Villanova, Andy Lock at Duke, 
Andrew Doyle at Notre Dame, Libby 
O'Toole and Jason Chimon at Georgetown, 
Maddy Rodriguesz at UVA, and Sarah 
Herman at Fordham. • Special congratula- 
tions to Bryce Rudow and Patrick Gardner 
on becoming recent co-homeowners of a 
loft in the Boystown district of Chicago. 

• Eagles going abroad include Trevor 
Stuart, working as an analyst for Morgan 
Stanley in London; Ana Perez, moving to 
Florence to work and to learn Italian; 
Carly DeFilippo, going to Columbia 
Graduate School's Reid Hall campus in 
Paris; Kirsten Larsson Butler, studying 
international business and trade at Gothen- 
burg University in Sweden; Amanda 
Stellato, studying global governance and 
diplomacy at Oxford University; and Laura 
Tallent, studying French language and 
civilization at NYU in Paris. Also, Fulbright 
scholars Michael McGovern, Dan Neer, 
and Alex Prounis will be in Germany. 

• Megan Berardi is in the Jesuit Volunteer 
Corps in Milwaukee, and Meghan Butler is in 
the JVC in San Antonio. • Serving in Teach 
For America are Andrew Bensson in New 
Haven, CT; Christina Scarlatos in Boston; 

Lauren Gillooly in the Mississippi Delta; 
Annie Filer in Hollendale, MS; and Amy 

Schreiber in Chicago. 

Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

In September, Patricia Hillman, MBA'79, 
a founding member of the Council for 
Women of Boston College, chaired an event 
at the McMullen Museum of Art featuring 
the exhibit "First Hand: Civil War Drawings 
from the Becker Collection." Pat is also 
the council's Carroll School of Management 
liaison. • Stephen Bergmann, MBA'86, 
has joined Expense Reduction Analysts as 
regional director of consulting. Stephen 
has also held elected office in Framingham. 

• In July, Dan L. Dearen, MBA'89, was 
appointed CFO of Minnow Medical Inc., 
a developer of innovative products to treat 
artery disease. • In July, Steven Schauer, 
MBA'90, was promoted to SVP, finance, and 
treasurer of Newton-based First Wind, an 
independent wind power company. • Eric 
Szabo, MS'oi, has been named managing 
director and chief risk officer at Annaly 
Capital Management Inc. • Andres Lessing, 
MBA'08, and Lindsay Rosenfeld were 
married on June 28 in Chicago. Jeffrey 
Turney, MBA'08, was there to celebrate. 
Andres and Lindsey reside in Boston. 

• CDM, a consulting, engineering, construc- 
tion, and operations firm, has named 
Timothy Wall, MBA'03, president of its 
Federal Services Group. Tim holds an MS 
in environmental engineering from Tufts 
University and a BS in civil engineering 
technology from Wentworth Institute of 


Josh Jensen 

Cushing Hall, Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Class Notes are published in BC Nursing 
VOICE, the Connell School's magazine. 
Please forward all submissions to Josh Jensen 
at the above address. 


McGuinn Hall. Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

Julinna Oxley, MA'98, has been appointed 
director of the Women's and Gender 
Studies Program at Coastal Carolina Univer- 
sity. She holds a PhD in philosophy from 
Tulane University. • Robert C. Clewis, PhD'04, 
is an assistant professor of philosophy at 
Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, 
PA. In April, his book on Immanuel Kant, 
The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation 
of Freedom, was published by Cambridge 
University Press. View his Website at 

McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 0245c) 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

In June, the Brockton School Committee 
named Matthew H. Malone, MEd'95. PhD'02, 
to head the Brockton schools. Matthew, a 
former Marine sergeant, had previously 
served as head of the Swampscott School 
District. • In June, Kathi Aldridge, MEd'oo, 
assumed the role of principal at Wellesley's 
St. John School, where she had served for 
24 years as a teacher. • Earlier this year, 
Mary Brown, DEd'09, became principal of the 
Baker School in Brookline. 


School of Theology &. Ministry 

140 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800 

Class Notes are published in Called to Serve, 
the School of Theology & Ministry's magazine. 
Please forward submissions of 50 words or 
less, including school, degree, and graduation 
year, to the address above. 


Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham, MA 02026; 781-326-02^0 

Neal Aronson '94 was at the spring reunion. 
Neal, who has started small companies in the 
past, hopes to reenter his career in archival 
storage management software technologies. 
He has been able to donate free software 
to great causes such as cancer research at BU 
Medical School, the Pittsburgh Cancer Insti- 
tute, and Arizona State University. Neal lives 
in Newton Centre. Good luck, Neal, in all your 
future career endeavors. • On June 30,1 retired 
from the Massachusetts Court system. I am 
grateful that I was able to be of service to many 
wonderful judges, court personnel, and 
clients. • Please note my new e-mail address 
I'd love to hear from more of you! 



John J. Burns '38, MA'48, of 
Saugus on September 14, 2009. 

Albert C. Flahive '37, of Derry, 
NH, on September 16, 2009. 

Edward L. McGrath '32 of Jack- 
sonville, FL, on August 8, 2009. 

John J. O'Brien '39, JD'55, of 
Hampstead, NH, on July 13, 2009. 


Larry Azar '49, MA'50, of New 
Rochelle, NY, on September 
24, 2007. 

David A. Brissette '49 of Melrose 
on July 26, 2009. 

Robert T. Capeless, JD'41, of 
Pittsfield on December 27, 2008. 

Rose Mahoney Cassidy, MSW'49, 
of Winston-Salem, NC, on June 

27, 2009. 

Robert J. Collins '41 of Needham 
on August 27, 2009. 

Dennis M. Condon '45 of Waltham 
on July 13, 2009. 

William J. Daly '44 of Concord on 
September 1, 2009. 

Joseph K. Dee '44 of Watertown 
on November 25, 2008. 

William F. Degan '47 of South 
Boston on August 7, 2009. 

Francis W Doherty '44 of Bidde- 
ford, ME, on August 30, 2009. 

Karl R. Fassnacht '49 of Walpole 
on August 4, 2009. 

James M. Gibbons '45, MEd'55, of 
Scituate on August 21, 2009. 

John F. Grady '43 of Virginia 
Beach, VA, on September 14, 2009. 

Lawrence J. Griffin '49 of 

Old Town, ME, on September 

28, 2009. 

Gerard P. Hagerty '49 of Danvers 

on August 3, 2009. 

William P. Hannon Jr. '41 of West- 
borough on August 13, 2009. 

John M. Harrington, MSW'46, 
of Pearl River, NY, on August 
22, 2009. 

Daniel J. Hobart '48 of Salem on 
February 13, 2007. 

James F. Kiley '47 of Needham on 
September 6, 2009. 

James J. Lannon '44 of Dedham, 
formerly of Needham, on July 
5, 2009. 

Victor R. Leeber, SJ, '43, MA47, 
STL' 54, of Weston on August 
14, 2009. 

John J. McGarr '43 of Beverly on 
August 23, 2009. 

Thomas P. McGrath '48 of 

Plymouth on July 20, 2009. 

Donald R. McMorrow '45 of San 

Jose, formerly of Aptos, CA, on 
August 10, 2009. 

James J. McNeil '43 of Concord 
on November 12, 2008. 

Leo Quinlan, SJ, STL'46, of Weston 
on July 10, 2008. 

James W Reardon '40 of Milton on 
September 27, 2009. 

Arthur M. Reilly, JD'47, of 
Palos Verdes, CA, on August 
26, 2009. 

Charles K. Rush, JD'48, of Kansas 
City, MO, on September 18, 2009. 

Martin Ryan, SJ, STB'49, of 
Weston on February 22, 2009. 

Seymour Yesner '48 of Brookline 
on July 6, 2009. 


Joseph F. Ahearn '53 of Belmont 
on August 7, 2009. 

James J. Baggett '52, MSW55, of 
Williamsport, PA, on July 6, 2009. 

Matthew I. Boyle '53 of Topsfield 
on August 24, 2009. 

Joan T. Callahan '54 of Maiden on 
December 8, 2008. 

John E. Canniff Jr. '54 of Granby 
on August 29, 2009. 

Thomas J. Caprarella '52 of Ded- 
ham on September 20, 2009. 

Joseph V. Christopher '50 of 

Belmont on September 16, 2009. 

Ruth Marie Connors '54, MEd'55, 
of Marblehead on August 10, 2009. 

James W Conway '58 of 

Charlestown on August 29, 2009. 

Francis J. Cranston, JD'56, of North 
Falmouth on September 11, 2009. 

John T. Deeley '56 of Manchester, 
NH, on July 7, 2009. 

Joseph F. Devan, Esq., JD'51, of 
Sarasota, FL, on August 5, 2009. 

Rose T. Doherty '55 of Brockton 
on August 20, 2009. 

Bernard M. Doiron '56 of Fal- 
mouth on September 23, 2009. 

Loretta M. Doyle '53 of Rye, NH, 
on July 5, 2009. 

William Doyle, SJ, STB'54, of 
Weston on May 18, 2007. 

Edward D. Duffy '50 of Taunton 
on September 11, 2009. 

John C. Farley '59 of Winthrop on 
December 27, 2008. 

Ralph M. Ferrera '57 of Wellesley 
on August 23, 2009. 

Robert J. Filippone '55 of Tewks- 
bury on September 16, 2009. 

Regina M. Howe Gailus NC'50 of 
Chicago, IL, on March 24, 2008. 

Thomas J. Gallagher, MA'59, of 
Santa Rosa Beach, FL, on April 
7, 2009. 

Mercedes Gill, CSJ, MA'50, of 
Brighton on July 16, 2009. 

Ira Goldstein '51 of Apopka, FL, 
on December 23, 2008. 

Janice M. Goodale, SPVM, '58, 
MEd'63, of Leominster on August 
13, 2009. 

Gaetano C. Grande, MEd'54, of 
Reading on December 30, 2008. 

Jean P. Grenon '52, of Mashpee 
on September 9, 2009. 

John J. Harrington '53 of York, 
ME, on July 5, 2009. 

Maurice E. Hart '53 of Cohasset 
on July 12, 2009. 

Francis J. Hayes '53 of Braintree 
on June 25, 2009. 

John F. Herlihy '53 of Winchester 
on September 1, 2009. 

Edward G. Hudson Sr. '55, 
MBA'70, of Dorchester on August 
30, 2009. 

George R. Humphrey '50 of 

Burlington, CT, on August 22, 2009. 

Robert T. King '54 of Andover on 
August 9, 2009. 

Boleslaus J. Kulik '51 of Roslin- 
dale on September 15, 2009. 

Kevin Lane '54 of Falmouth on 
August 12, 2009. 

James M. Larner '52 of Dorchester 
on August 24, 2009. 

Darald R. Libby, JD'55, °f Man- 
chester, NH, on June 23, 2009. 

Philip F. Mackey Jr. '51 of Fal- 
mouth on April 7, 2009. 

Stephanie MacNeil, CSM, MSW'58, 
of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, on 
June 10, 2009. 

Lawrence J. Maroni '51 of Sud- 
bury on June 25, 2009. 

Richard F. Mayo '52 of Salisbury 
on July 20, 2009. 

Barbara McCormick Grace '59 of 

West Hartford, CT, on August 
20, 2009. 

Walter M. McDonough '52 of 

Centerville on August 18, 2009. 

John J. McEleney '59 of Harwich 
on September 9, 2009. 

Richard J. McGuiggan '55 of 

Bridgewater on July 16, 2009. 

Joseph P. McKenney '52 of East 
Dennis on June 30, 2009. 

Richard M. McSweeney '54 of 

Sarasota, FL, on September 15, 2009. 

John F. Monahan, JD'56, of 
East Harwich on September 
3, 2009. 

Richard T. Moore '53 of Haddon- 

field, NJ, on May 28, 2009. 

Francis X. Morrison '51 of Lynn 
on July 19, 2009. 

Norah C. Mulcahy '57 of Provi- 
dence, RI, on August 20, 2009. 

Henry Murphy, SJ, STL'58, of 
Weston on June 21, 2008. 

Richard T. Murphy '50 of Concord 
on August 31, 2009. 

Paul J. Noonan '58 of Sandwich 
on August 15, 2009. 

John J. O'Connor Jr. '54 of New- 
ton on August 18, 2009. 

Paul P. Pederzani Jr., JD'52, of 
North Kingston, RI, on August 
19, 2009. 

Edward A. Petela '51 of Branford, 
CT, on May 12, 2009. 

Mary D. Riley '56, MEd'62, of 
Providence, RI, on July 11, 2009. 

Charles A. Rivers, JD'50, of 
Wayne, PA, on September 13, 2009. 

Paul D. Roche '52 of Mansfield 
on July 23, 2009. 

Michael R. Roman '53, PHL'54, 
of Milford, CT, on September 
17, 2009. 

James J. Rowe '50 of Sodus, NY, 
on June 5, 2009. 

Richard A. Schena '50, MEd'55, of 
Haverhill on September 18, 2009. 

Irene Nmi Shepardson '51 of 

Marshfield on September 29, 2009. 

Donald N. Sleeper, JD'56, of 
Burlington on July 17, 2009. 

Alfred J. Songin '50 of West 
Newton on September 23, 2009. 

Rita Sherry Steadman '57, MS'6o, 
of Danvers on July 22, 2009. 

Frank R. Sullivan '53 of Reading 
on December 2, 2008. 

Gerald F. Sullivan '51 of Skowhe- 
gan, ME, on August 19, 2009. 

Margaret M. Sullivan '51, 
MSW'58, of Needham on August 
9, 2009. 

Donald K. Sweeney '54 of Hanson 
on July 15, 2009. 

Thomas V. Tobin, MS '53, of 
Mountain Top, PA, on August 
5, 2009. 

Arthur P. Tourangeau '53 of 

Parkville, MD, on August 17, 2009. 


John A. Tuttle '51 of Brookfield on 
July 19, 2009. 

Francis J. Veale. MEd'50, of 
Brockton on August 19, 2009. 

Joseph C. Veckerelli, MS'58, 
of Clinton. CT. on August 22, 

Frances Mannix Ziminsky NC'53 
of Pound Ridge, NY, on Septem- 
ber 21, 2OO9. 


John F. Barrett '60 of North 
Kingstown, RI, on July 7, 2009. 

Peter F. Bowen, MEd'61, of 
Foster, RI, on March 9, 2008. 

Ambrose R. Canty, MSW'64, 
of Southbridge on August 
30, 2009. 

Philip J. Casey '65 of Needham on 
July 24, 2009. 

Austin L. Conley, MA'63, of 
Manchester, NH, on July 2, 2009. 

Daniel D. Connell '63, JD'67, of 
Westford on July n, 2009. 

Joseph R. Cunniff'65 of Wolfeboro, 
NH, on August 4, 2009. 

George E. DeAngelis '64 of 

Norfolk, VA, on July 31, 2009. 

Else Steele Diotte, MSW'66, of 
North Attleboro on September 
13, 2009. 

Lucille Doherty '67 of Canton on 
September 4, 2009. 

Thomas W. Dow '61 of Key West, 
FL, on June 24, 2009. 

Patricia Ann Eagan '60 of Presque 
Isle, ME, on March 20, 2009. 

John Forde '66 of Sudbury on 
September 17, 2009. 

Russell J. Gamel '65 of Brockton 
on September 3, 2009. 

William J. Giuffre '65, JD'69, of 
Baltimore, MD, on September 
9, 2009. 

Samuel C. Gowan, MA'66, of 
Gainesville, FL, on May 5, 2009. 

Daniel C. Hostetter '66 of Oster- 

ville on September 7, 2009. 

Michael P. Hunt '64 of Rocky 
Point, NY, on September 19, 2009. 

Mary Godfrey Koehler, SMSM, 
NC60 of Waltham on December 
12, 2007. 

George A. Lavoie '69 of Fall River 
on August 10, 2009. 

Nicholas J. Lisi, JD'65, of Wayne, 
PA, on July 11, 2009. 

Joseph P. Mariani Jr. '67 of 

Rockville, MD, on April 5, 2009. 

Robert F. McGinn Jr. '67 of Cum- 
berland, RI, on July 12, 2009. 

Ernest S. Melanson '66 of 

Worcester on August 13, 2009. 

Francis Miller, SJ, STL'60, of 
Weston on November 25, 2008. 

Edward J. Murawski, SJ, MA'61, 
STL 67, of Weston on July 
3, 2009. 

Eugenia McCarthy O'Brien '62 of 

Amherst on October 22, 2008. 

Marion H. Baker O'Donnell '69 

of Leominster on December 
26, 2008. 

William T. O'Malley '65 of 

Kingston, RI, on January 2, 2009. 

Charles A. Robinson '60 of Ocala, 
FL, on June 18, 2009. 

John V. Rotondo '65 of Stoughton 
on August 30, 2009. 

Annette M. Sexton, MEd'64, of 
Dedham on July 5, 2009. 

Helen Thomasina Sheehan, SND, 
MA'63, of Ipswich on July 1, 2009. 

James S. Tingerthal, OSB, 

MA'69, of Collegeville, MN, on 
July 4, 2009. 

Peter J. Trainor, MSW'67, of 
Leominster on September 6, 2009. 

James F. Walsh Jr. '61, PhD'76, of 
Canton on September 16, 2009. 

Helen C. Wasilewski, MEd'67, of 
Jupiter, FL, on October 21, 2008. 

Maureen O'Toole Welch '66 of 

Melrose on September 24, 2009. 


Mark B. Alba '77 of Boynton 
Beach, FL, on June 26, 2009. 

Edward Allan Bennett, MA'78, of 
Andover on August 10, 2009. 

Edward V. Bush, MBA'78, of 
South Dennis on August 8, 

Lawrence Ford Cantwell, 

MBA'74, of Pembroke on August 
18, 2009. 

Elizabeth Doyle, MEd'73, °f 
Waltham on March 3, 2009. 

Richard P. Finn, PhD'70, of 
Melrose on September 2, 2009. 

John J. Glennon III '71 of Con- 
cord, NH, on August 31, 2009. 

Mary Jane Gorman, MEd'76, of 
Lynchburg, VA, on September 
14, 2009. 

Gerald J. Grady '79 of Natick on 
August 26, 2009. 

Jeffrey H. Grayson, MBA'73, of 
Orlando, FL, on September 1, 

Sarah Dickson Hartshorne, 

MA'78, of South Deerfield on 
September 6, 2009. 

Kathryn Ann Heffernan '74 of 

Townsend on August 5, 2009. 

Cynthia Mark Lee, MA'74, of 
Franklin, NJ, on June 18, 2009. 

Thomas F. McQuoid. JD'75, of 
Stow on September 4, 2009. 

Margaret Lawler Olson '71 of 

Bridgewater on September 1, 2009. 

William H. Petry II, MA'71, 
of Lansing, MI, on August 25, 

Martin R. Prendergast Jr. '73 of 

Waltham on September 5, 2009. 

Karen Born Presswood, MEd'76, 
of Crownsville, MD, on August 
20, 2009. 

Elizabeth Fancy Redfield, MEd'75, 
of Natick on August 1, 2009. 

Richard T Schnaidt '70 of 

Oakdale, CT, on June 25, 2009. 

Charles C. Shoup '77 of Cleveland 
Heights, OH, on September 
23, 2009. 

John K. Snyder '70 of Shrewsbury 
on July 20, 2009. 

Robert J. Sullivan '71 of Boston on 
September 5, 2009. 

Carol Shepard Tucker, MSW'73, 
of Exeter, NH, on June 30, 2009. 


Justin Bailey, OFM, MA/DT'82, 
of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of 
Boston, on July 4, 2009. 

William F. Bench III '83 of Wind- 
ham, NH, on August 9, 2009. 

Carolyn Ditullio, MA'83, of 
Warwick, RI, on August 3, 2009. 

Russell Gannon '82 of Needham 
on August 8, 2009. 

Maryellen Kernen, MSW'88, of 
Scituate on September 11, 2009. 

David E. MacClymont '82 of 

Scotch Plains, NJ, on March 
20, 2008. 

Patrick J. McManus, JD'85, of 
Lynn on July 10, 2009. 

Lynne F. Wing '84 of Ellington, 
CT, on July 29, 2009. 


Joseph P. Geary '92 of Westwood, 
formerly of Marlborough, on July 
30, 2009. 

R. Christopher Harris, JD'97, of 
Orlando, FL, on September 

14, 2008. 

Christopher M. Kiernan, DEd'91, 
of Newport, RI, on August 
10, 2009. 

Gretchen L. S. Landry, MS '93, of 
Clermont, FL, on July 3, 2009. 

William A. McCarthy Jr. '94 of 

West Newton on September 

15, 2009. 

Paul P. Poth '91 of Cambridge on 
August 22, 2009. 

Jeffrey B. White '99 of Newtown, 
CT, on June 29, 2009. 


Andrew C. Marsh '04 of Portland, 
ME, on August 4, 2009. 

Joseph W. Newsome III '03 of 

Portland, ME, on September 
8, 2009. 


• George Goldsmith, of Sherborn, 
professor of physics from 
1968 to 2008, on September 
7, 2009, at age 86. He is 
survived by his wife Sonia, 
son Robert, and daughters 
Lynn and Laurie. 

• Richard T. Murphy, of Concord, 
professor of philosophy from 
1962 to 1996, on August 13, 
2009, at age 83. He is survived 
by his wife A. Jane Murphy. 

• Seymour Leventman, of 
Newton, professor of sociology 
from 1968 to 2003, on April 
26, 2009, at age 78. He is 
survived by his wife Paula, 
daughter Rachel Leventman 
Shwalb, and son Aaron. 

• Richard Cleary, SJ, of Weston, 
University chaplain from 1989 
to 2000, on October 7, 2009, 
at age 77. He is survived by 
his brother Herbert Cleary, SJ. 

• James Walsh, of Canton, 
adjunct professor in the 
Lynch School of Education 
from 1998 to 2008, on 
September 16, 2009, at age 
69. He is survived by his 
wife, Barbara, and daughters 
Courtney and Kerry Mudry. 

• Janet Bezanson, of Meredith, 
NH, associate research 
professor in the Graduate 
School of Social Work from 
2002 to 2008, on July 25, 
2009, at age 66. She is 
survived by her husband 
Gordon, daughter Brett 
Martin, and son Brian Fons. 

The obituary section is compiled 
from national listings and notices 
from family members and fiends 
of alumni. The section includes only 
the deaths reported to us since the 
previous issue of Boston College 
Magazine. Please send infoimation 
to: Office of University Advancement, 
More Hall 220, 
140 Commonwealth Ave., 
Chestnut Hill, MA 0246J. 





Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., 
surely believed that the insti- 
tution he helped found had the 
potential for greatness. When 
he established a bequest of his 
books and the proceeds of his 
life insurance policy, Fr. Shaw 
undoubtedly knew he was 
making a meaningful commit- 
ment — one that would benefit 
generations of future students. 

His legacy gift sparked a 
giving tradition that made pos- 
sible BC's transformation from 
a small school in Boston's South 
End to a dynamic university 
with global reach and ambitions. 

Today's legacy gifts will have 
an equally profound effect on the 
Heights. As part of the Light the 
World campaign, they will help 
BC achieve its aim to become 
the world's preeminent Catholic 
university — with an ability to 
positively contribute to culture 
and society in a manner that few 
American schools can match. 

The campaign goal is to 
secure 5,000 legacy gifts — both 
sizeable and modest — for BC. 
These commitments may 
supplement the University's 
current-use funding or establish 
endowed funds that will provide 
BC with a steady financial 
resource in perpetuity. Both 
play a crucial role in Boston 
College's future success, 
because they provide BC with 
the fiscal strength and security 
to achieve its long-term goals. 

"These gifts are also a won- 
derful opportunity for alumni, 
parents, and friends to leave 
their own legacy at BC," says 
Debra Hoffman '79, MBA'88, 
who recently created a bequest 
for the University. "Malting my 
gift was easier than I thought, 
and it enabled me to establish 
a significant and permanent 
connection to BC." 

Through legacy gifts of all 
sizes, donors have contributed 


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Legacy gifts of all sizes are integral to the University's future success 
and help provide tomorrow's students with a Boston College experience 
that has been valued for generations. 

to life-changing student 
formation programming; 
strengthened faculty teaching 
and research; funded campus 
building projects; and enhanced 
BC's commitment to its Jesuit, 
Catholic heritage. 

In addition, hundreds of 
BC students have benefited 
from the more than $5.6 
million in legacy gifts given 
towards scholarships over 
the past 10 years. 

Bequests are the most 
popular type of legacy gift, 
while beneficiary designations 
of a retirement plan or life in- 
surance policy provide equally 
simple ways that many alumni, 
especially younger graduates, 
can make a commitment to 
BC's future. In many cases, 
these gifts enable alumni to 

give the gift they've always 
wished to make — because their 
donation doesn't affect their 
current assets, but instead 
comes through their estate. 

Other choices, such as 
charitable gift annuities and 
charitable remainder trusts, 
are appealing because they 
offer substantial tax benefits 
and provide a lifetime 
income stream. 

"Establishing a legacy gift 
for BC was one of the wisest 
philanthropic decisions my wife 
and I ever made," says David 
Griffith '68, P'oo, '02, '06, 
legacy gifts chair. "It enabled us 
to look after both our family and 
BC, which, in so many ways, is 
part of our family. Our gift will 
ensure that our life's work will 
live on in Boston College." 




The Light the World 
campaign has achieved 
many immediate and far- 
reaching successes during its 
first year thanks to the ongoing 
commitment of the University's 
alumni, parents, and friends. 

Boston College has currently 
raised more than S610 million 
of its $i.5-billion goal, and early 
donor support has enabled BC 
to focus on priorities critical 
to its continued success. 

Campaign donors have, for 
instance, helped BC increase 
student financial aid by 7.4 
percent this year. The new 
Center for Student Formation 
was also made possible by Light 
the World and will strengthen 

programming that integrates 
students' intellectual, social, 
and moral development. 

The campaign has 
significantiy enhanced BC's 
commitment to academic 
excellence as well. Three new 
enterprises — the Institute for 
Liberal Arts, the Clough 
Center for the Study of 
Constitutional Democracy, 
and the Institute on Aging — 
have all promoted interdiscipli- 
nary dialogue and united 
students and professors in 
joint scholarly pursuits. 

"The campaign provides 
all alumni with an opportunity 
to help Boston College fulfill 
its potential," says campaign 

co-chair Kathleen McGillycuddy, 
NC'71. "Those who give their 
time and talent back to the 
University play a key role, as 
do alumni who make gifts of 
all sizes. What truly matters 
are the combined strengths 
of the BC community." 

This collective spirit has 
led to early progress in the 
campaign's annual giving 
initiative. A record-breaking 
26,346 undergraduate alumni 
gave to the University this past 
year — raising BC's participation 
rate to 28 percent. These 
donors provided vital annual 
support for financial aid, 
student activities, faculty 
research, and much more. 
Their commitment also 
helped BC fulfill the Neenan 
Challenge, which raised an 
additional $1 million in financial 

aid, and will inspire others to 
meet the overall campaign 
goal of 40,000 annual donors. 

The number of alumni 
who volunteer on behalf of 
BC has also risen by a remark- 
able 25 percent since the start 
of the campaign. As a result, 
more BC students are being 
mentored by alumni than 
ever before and more alumni 
are helping fellow graduates 
reconnect to their alma mater 
through alumni chapters, 
shared interest groups, 
and other opportunities. 

"BC alumni should feel 
proud of the strides made 
during the first year of the 
campaign," says McGillycuddy. 
"But continued support is 
needed for Light the World's 
transformative vision to 
be realized." 


Philip '91 and Colleen Groves '91 


Hong Kong 


Philip: Accounting and economics; Colleen: Finance 


Philip and Colleen: Founders, international investment 
management firm 


Philip: Intramural sports; Colleen: Attending BC football, 
basketball, and hockey games 

What are some of your favorite Boston College memories? 
Our senior year was special for both of us. We met on a blind date 
to a BC dance in December and the rest, as they say, is history. But 
besides finding each other, we established many lifelong friendships 
here. It's those relationships, which grew over four instrumental 
years in our lives, that still keep us connected to BC today. 

Why did you decide to make a legacy gift to BC? 
It was something that we always knew we would do. We give annually, 
but we also felt the need to help guarantee that future students enjoy 
the same formative BC experience that we hold so dear. 

We wrote our first wills about 12 years ago after the birth of the 
first of our three children and included a bequest for BC. There are 

many ways to make a legacy gift — and this was the best way for us. 
It was part of the important planning we wanted to do for our family, 
but it also enabled us to leave a lasting mark at the University that 
means so much to us. 

What most excites you about the University's future? 
We're especially proud that BC is succeeding as a Jesuit, Catholic 
institution in an increasingly secular world. The University provides 
students with a moral compass that guides them throughout their 
personal and professional lives, and we're excited that our legacy 
gift contributes to an institution that continues to embrace its 
special mission and heritage. 





By William Bole 

The demise of a colonial experiment 






Tn the spring of 1701, a delegation of 40 Indians from Pennsyl- 
vania's Susquehanna Valley rode eastward to Philadelphia, to 
undertake a singular experiment in tranquillity. They and William 
Penn, founder of the eponymous colony, signed a treaty declar- 
ing that Christians and Indians would "for ever hereafter be as 
one head & one heart, & live in true Friendship and Amity as one 

For more than five decades, natives and settlers coexisted 
without carnage. The Conestoga Indians, who led the delegation 
to Philadelphia and numbered several hundred at that time, cher- 
ished the treaty. They carried it with them to later conferences 
that renewed the original covenant. 
On December 4, 1763, however — 
in a symbolic end to Penn's experi- 
ment — the treaty was found "among 
the charred remains of Conestoga 
Indiantown" alter the village was 
razed by a band of white settlers. 

The description is Kevin Kenny's. 
The Boston College history profes- 
sor has written a new book, Peaceable 
Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and 
the Destruction of William Penn's Holy 
Experiment (Oxford University Press, 
2009), about the Quaker-inspired 
vision of peace that Penn pursued in 
founding Pennsylvania in 1682. 

As Kenny relates, the experiment 
was flawed from the start. Penn was, 
after all, a colonialist who coveted 
Indian land. Being a Quaker and lack- 
ing an army that might take land by 
force, he instead purchased it from the ' 
Indians. But after his death in 1718, 

Penn's three sons, abandoning the Quaker faith, took over and, 
increasingly, used fraud and deception to grab Indian lands, turn- 
ing a blind eye to others who did the same. Settlers — Dutch, 
German, Irish, and a small number of Quakers — pushed ever west- 
ward, provoking the Indian tribes. 

Central to Kenny's investigation is a group of colonists largely 
overlooked in written histories of that period, the hundred-strong 
militia called the Paxton Boys, who, in the Indiantown raid, mas- 
sacred the last Conestoga Indians, by then a dwindling tribe of 20. 

In his previous research on popular protest movements, nota- 
bly the 19th-century "Molly Maguires" of Pennsylvania's coal- 
fields, Kenny had to contend with the fact that such movements 
tend not to leave paper trails, an obstacle to any historian. With 







the Paxton Boys that was not the case, because, unlike the Molly 
Maguires, they were Protestants (Scotch-Irish Presbyterians) and 
therefore imbued with a strong tradition of literacy. As Kenny 
explained in an interview, "You had to be able to read the Bible to 
be a good Protestant." In addition, protest movements in the 18th 
century enjoyed greater legitimacy than later resisters, and thus 
were less secretive about their actions; in reaching further back 
in time, Kenny found more rather than fewer original sources. 
These included letters, pamphlets, and the minutes of legisla- 
tive debates in Pennsylvania, some of which he accessed through 
the O'Neill Library's electronic databases, such as the Evans 

Collection of Early American Imprints 
at the Antiquarian Society. 
- Among other findings, Kenny 
uncovered evidence that upends the 
traditional perception of the Paxton 
Boys (named after their local Pres- 
byterian church) as vigilantes. In 
post-massacre debates in the colonial 
legislature, as well as the writings of 
both pro- and anti-Paxton pamphlet- 
eers, Kenny found that the colonial 
government had recruited the militia to 
defend settlers against hostile Indians — 
the Iroquois and the Delaware — in the 
lower Susquehanna Valley, though 
not with the intention of murder- 
ing friendly ones like the Conestogas 
(the Paxtons, however, made no such 
distinction). In Kenny's account, this 
explains one mystery: why the Paxtons 
were not brought to justice. 

Kenny also set himself the task of 
uncovering the Native Americans' side 
of the story. "We never encounter the Indians speaking in their 
own voices," he says, noting that the historical record includes 
speeches delivered by Indians at peace parleys but that these were 
translations made on the spot, written down by scribes, and finally 
published by the state of Pennsylvania in the mid- 19th century. In 
other words, they were third- or fourth-hand sources. 

Kenny found some translations more persuasive than others — 
those that conveyed Indian views of land ownership, for example, 
and challenged the Western, individualistic understanding. The 
Indians spoke of land as being commonly held; only its use could be 
sold. That, says Kenny, explains why the Penn family often repur- 
chased land from Indians, illuminating one more thread of Penn's 
"holy experiment" that ultimately unraveled. 


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illustration: Chris Sharp 

Works & 

Rizzuto and writers in the choir loft of Old North Church in the North End 

Time saver 

By Karen Dempsey 

Memory collector Alexis Rizzuto '92 

If editors are midwives for writers, then 
Alexis Rizzuto has attended some unlikely 
deliveries. Rizzuto is project manager for 
the Memoir Project, a four-year-old joint 
effort by the City of Boston and Grub 
Street, a nonprofit writers center, to chron- 
icle the city's past through the words of 
its elders. What distinguishes the Memoir 
Project from other documentary efforts is 
that the seniors do the writing, rather than 
talking into a tape recorder for a historian. 

Rizzuto began working with the 
Memoir Project in fall 2006 as head writ- 
ing coach. Her authors, a group of North 
End neighbors, many over 80, met weekly 
for eight sessions — the first four, with 
another Grub Street instructor, devoted 
to writing in notebooks on themes such 
as "My mother never . . . ," the last four to 
editing and revision with Rizzuto, who is 
also an editor at Beacon Press. The project 
moved from neighborhood to neighbor- 
hood, with Rizzuto helping the authors 
"narrow all their exercises to one good 
story .. .and make it come alive," she says. 
Most had little or no writing experience, 
and she taught them "the elements of 
storytelling . . . of giving a story shape by 
moving from beginning to middle to end 
and adding sensory details." As essays 
accumulated, Rizzuto edited two antholo- 

gies, Born Before Plastic (2007) and My 
Legacy Is Simply This (2008), with tales 
such as that of Roxbury's first woman 
barber, who overcame the skepticism of 
the neighborhood's men by first prov- 
ing her skills with a clientele of little 
boys; and of a teenage girl watching a 
film at Arlington's Regent Theatre when 
the screen went dark and a stranger 
announced that Pearl Harbor, where her 
father was stationed, had been attacked. 

The child of a mobile military family, 
Rizzuto admires what she calls the 
"profound sense of place" conveyed by 
people like Anna Molinaro, a contributor 
to the second volume, "who lived in the 
same house in East Boston for 95 years," 
Rizzuto recalls, working the assembly line 
at the Necco candy factory in Cambridge 
and taking off nights to see vaudeville 
shows in Scollay Square. 

Molinaro died before the anthology 
went to press. "When I heard she'd 
passed," Rizzuto says, "I tried to contact 
her family. . . . And it turned out she had 
... no one. We have this small record 
of her voice. But what else is there about 
this woman's life we'll never know?" 

Karen Dempsey '94 is a writer and editor in 
the Boston area. 

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Above: Shaw Collection volumes. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert 

Perhaps no books have been more important to Boston College 
than the nearly 2,000 left to the as yet unfounded college by Joseph 
Coolidge Shaw, SJ, in 1851. 

Shaw's generosity — he also bequeathed the proceeds of his life 
insurance policy — sparked a tradition of legacy giving that made pos- 
sible Boston College's journey from a humble institution for immi- 
grants' sons to one of ever-growing renown. 

As part of the Light the World campaign, your legacy gifts will 
empower Boston College to make the next leap — and secure its place 
as one of the select American universities that exercise a singular and 
profound influence upon society. 

Give a legacy gift. Write the next chapter in Boston College's story.